Iowa Outdoors

Scenic Sites in Downtown Des Moines

There’s nothing quite like exploring your own town to enjoy the nostalgic moments and seeing the changes or new features you never noticed before. We had gorgeous weather the other weekend, and took the opportunity to grab some boba and wander through downtown Des Moines. I thought I’d share the notable places we toured this […]

Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show – Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens is the gorgeous horticulture garden at Iowa State University that’s been in Ames, Iowa since 1914. It provides a variety of unique plants and garden areas for visitors and researchers to explore. This past year they introduced the outdoor Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show for the first time, so we had to go […]

Strautman Christmas Tree Farm – Cambridge, Iowa

Considering getting a live Christmas tree this holiday season? Ever since we moved back to Iowa, we have consistently gone to Strautman Tree Farm as part of our annual tradition the day after Thanksgiving. We started this tradition after we got our first home, and we haven’t looked back since! Strautman Tree Farm is located […]

Christiansen Forest Preserve – Huxley, Iowa

In Iowa, we aren’t as blessed with glorious mountain hikes or beautiful waterscape views, but don’t sleep on Iowa trails and forests! We have an amazing DNR in this state that takes great care of our trails and parks, with the added bonus of never worrying about excessive tourism. History & Information Christiansen Forest Preserve […]

Loess Hills Hideaway Cabins & Preparation Canyon State Park

Loess Hills Hideaway Cabins are the perfect couples or family getaway in western Iowa, and are also pet friendly cabins. You’re only minutes away from Loess Hills State Forest which includes the Preparation Canyon State Park, but otherwise this location is secluded from modern conveniences. We had to accept that we may not be doing […]

Kayaking the Des Moines River

This summer we finally bought kayaks! As newer kayakers, we ended up paddling along the Des Moines River quite a few times and had a lot of fun. I wanted to share our experience of a great weekend paddle along with some tips and expectations for anyone who hasn’t kayaked on the Des Moines River. […]