People & Places

Exploring Iowa's fall colors: 'Get away from everything' at Palisades-Kepler

A short drive southwest of downtown Mount Vernon sits Palisades-Kepler State Park, which took its names from the dramatic palisades overlooking the Ce ...

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Find your fall: Bright leaves, colorful hikes abound in Eastern Iowa

Autumn is here, and with it the beauty of changing leaves. Looking for a place to take in Mother Nature's autumn show? Iowa offers plenty of beautiful ...

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Identify the trees you see in Iowa's fall color displays

ASH: Green ash leaves turn yellow, but white ash has a purplish cast. The leaves fall after those of walnut trees, but earlier than those of oaks and ...

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Exploring Galena: History, galleries anchor tourism mecca

On the south end of Galena's Main Street, a chalkboard sign tucked into a cobblestone alley reads, "Antiques have personality, charm, soul and scratch ...

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Galena fall and winter festivals and events

50TH ANNUAL TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES Sept. 23 and 24 Take in Galena's history up close and personal at this guided tour of historic homes and hear the ...

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A photographic eye: Owner of Galena's River Bend Gallery breaks barriers

Geoffrey Mikol has been interested in photography since he was a teenager. Now in his early 20s, he owns his own gallery in downtown Galena, Ill. He ...

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Get a taste of Root Beer Revelry in Galena

Rick Mulcahey knows so much about root beer that he's earned the nickname "Root Beer Rick" by the vendors and regular customers who stop into his smal ...

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Plan your Galena trip

WHERE TO STAY Galena abounds with picturesque bed-and-breakfasts and historic hotels. Here are a few within on or near Main Street; find more lodging ...

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Amana fall and winter festivals and events

It's celebration season in the Amana Colonies pretty much year-round, but the biggest one of all is Oktoberfest, when vestiges of German heritage and ...

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Brucemore historic site hosts upcoming Hired Help tours

CEDAR RAPIDS - Join a costumed interpreter for a tour exploring the lives of Brucemore's domestic servants in the early 20th Century.The Hired Help to ...

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Plan your Mount Vernon trip

WHERE TO STAY Mount Vernon boasts several bed-and-breakfasts to make visitors feel right at home. Here are a few; find more lodging options at discov ...

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Exploring Washington: Town square is center of shops, restaurants and activities

Washington may be small, but this town of about 7,400 people south of Iowa City manages to pack a lot around its central square. "This is a tight kni ...

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Plan your Amana trip

WHERE TO EAT Family style dining is a big draw for the Amanas, said David Rettig, executive director at the Amana Colonies Convention & Visitors Bure ...

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High Amana General Store stocked with vintage charm

When other shops in the Amanas were exporting the colonies' craftsmanship and goods to the outside world, each colony's general store imported the out ...

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Exploring Amana Colonies: Rooted in history, embracing the present

Nestled among the scenic byways of the Iowa River lie seven villages where the past merges peacefully with the present. Founded in 1855 by members of ...

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