This state's moved way beyond cornfields and "American Gothic." Yes, you can visit the Field of Dreams, play golf, ogle foliage and the covered bridges of Madison County. But there's cool urban culture, too, in Des Moines, Davenport and Cedar Rapids.
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Exploring Iowa in the USA's bucolic heartland

  Even most folks in the USA rarely give much thought to this quintessential farm state in what's sometimes dismissively termed "flyover country" (between the more "interesting" East and West Coast) of the Midwest. Yet every four years in late January and early February (and this year, culminating today), this becomes a hotbed of presidential politics as Iowans gather to make their choice for each political party's presidential candidates, and this first contest of the election year is heavily…

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