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(USA Today)   Apparently, there were people who thought Iowa was a vacation destination. Who knew?   ( usatoday.com) divider line
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2017-03-19 08:34:25 AM  
There are consequences for words and actions?  Who knew?
 
2017-03-19 08:54:19 AM  
Fun Fact: Iowa is the leading producer of cornography in the United States
 
2017-03-19 09:00:20 AM  
Cornhole!
 
2017-03-19 09:01:09 AM  

SpaceyCat: There are consequences for words and actions?  Who knew?


I just posted "cornhole" in the wrong thread.

Consequences will never be the same.
 
2017-03-19 09:35:55 AM  
Who benefits from Iowa tourism? King voters do.

Go spend your money somewhere else.
There are lots of options when all you are replacing is Iowa.
 
2017-03-19 09:43:52 AM  
The rest areas on I-80 need a more regular cleaning schedule
 
2017-03-19 09:49:43 AM  
If you live in Nebraska, Iowa looks like the French Riviera.
 
2017-03-19 09:50:15 AM  
For those of you mocking Iowa as a tourist destination, I would remind you of this tourism mega-icon:

Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace

This restored Victorian home in Boone was the Birthplace of First Lady, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, wife of Dwight D Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States. Exhibits at the house offer insight into her life and family history. Mamie's 1962 Plymouth Valiant and 1949 Chrysler Windsor are also on display.


Mamie F$cking Doud biatches!

Chetomate Librorinos
 
2017-03-19 09:52:50 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: The rest areas on I-80 need a more regular cleaning schedule


I-29 is likewise in atrocious shape.

Oh, also: If you happen to be driving through Iowa, stick to the larger towns (relatively speaking), if you want to stop for lunch somewhere. Reactions to strangers in the average small-town restaurant/bar tend to fall on a spectrum between getting a hole stared into you and trying to pick a fight with you. (Unless yer over sixty or a purty girl, maybe.)

/Grew up in small-town Iowa.
//Never go back unless I absolutely have to.
///They're not friendly to outsiders, is what I'm saying.
 
2017-03-19 09:55:51 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: whyRpeoplesostupid: The rest areas on I-80 need a more regular cleaning schedule

I-29 is likewise in atrocious shape.

Oh, also: If you happen to be driving through Iowa, stick to the larger towns (relatively speaking), if you want to stop for lunch somewhere. Reactions to strangers in the average small-town restaurant/bar tend to fall on a spectrum between getting a hole stared into you and trying to pick a fight with you. (Unless yer over sixty or a purty girl, maybe.)

/Grew up in small-town Iowa.
//Never go back unless I absolutely have to.
///They're not friendly to outsiders, is what I'm saying.


ahh, the Missouri Valley. A lot of fine, fine hostels along that route
 
2017-03-19 09:59:54 AM  
Great place to visit.  If you're a crow.
 
2017-03-19 10:06:48 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: whyRpeoplesostupid: The rest areas on I-80 need a more regular cleaning schedule

I-29 is likewise in atrocious shape.

Oh, also: If you happen to be driving through Iowa, stick to the larger towns (relatively speaking), if you want to stop for lunch somewhere. Reactions to strangers in the average small-town restaurant/bar tend to fall on a spectrum between getting a hole stared into you and trying to pick a fight with you. (Unless yer over sixty or a purty girl, maybe.)

/Grew up in small-town Iowa.
//Never go back unless I absolutely have to.
///They're not friendly to outsiders, is what I'm saying.

ahh, the Missouri Valley. A lot of fine, fine hostels along that route


With some of the best homemade chili you'd ever want to eat.

/LOOK WHAT YOUR BROTHER DID TO THE DOOR!!!!
 
2017-03-19 10:19:13 AM  
Tourism is going to take a nasty hit this summer. Hope everyone who depends on seasonal employment has other things to do.
 
2017-03-19 10:21:32 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: whyRpeoplesostupid: The rest areas on I-80 need a more regular cleaning schedule

I-29 is likewise in atrocious shape.

Oh, also: If you happen to be driving through Iowa, stick to the larger towns (relatively speaking), if you want to stop for lunch somewhere. Reactions to strangers in the average small-town restaurant/bar tend to fall on a spectrum between getting a hole stared into you and trying to pick a fight with you. (Unless yer over sixty or a purty girl, maybe.)

/Grew up in small-town Iowa.
//Never go back unless I absolutely have to.
///They're not friendly to outsiders, is what I'm saying.


I learned that during a poorly-chosen lunch break in Dexter, Nebraska.
 
2017-03-19 10:22:43 AM  
I'd check out field of dreams site.  I've also heard that eastern Iowa isn't flat at all.
 
2017-03-19 10:22:51 AM  

Cyrus the Mediocre: Fun Fact: Iowa is the leading producer of cornography in the United States


Two girls, one Cobb.
 
2017-03-19 10:25:21 AM  
They don't call it Baja Minnesota for nothing.
 
2017-03-19 10:27:15 AM  
Fark Iowa.  For a state that loves to tell anyone on a bicycle about RAGBRAI and how great it is, their roads are awful for riding a bike on.
 
2017-03-19 10:31:55 AM  

LeroyBourne: I'd check out field of dreams site.  I've also heard that eastern Iowa isn't flat at all.


It's not, it's all rolling hills, rivers, and forest in whatever areas the farmers didn't get to.

I live here, it's not bad if you stick to the larger towns and don't stray too far from the highway. If you do things turn weird real quick.
 
2017-03-19 10:32:35 AM  

bronyaur1: If you live in Nebraska, Iowa looks like the French Riviera.


Dude, for real.  Once you're past Omaha, Lincoln and Nebraska City it pretty much gives Kansas a run for its money for dustbowl nothingness.
 
2017-03-19 10:32:41 AM  
State officials this week offered many responses like this one on the Travel Iowa Twitter account: "Iowans are diverse, progressive and tolerant. We welcome all people to experience our state." State officials this week offered many responses like this one on the Travel Iowa Twitter account: "Iowans are diverse, progressive and tolerant. We welcome all people to experience our state."

The fact that your asshole citizenry put this goddamned evil douchebag in office more than once says you're a farking liar.
 
2017-03-19 10:33:56 AM  
I figured Iowa was likely similar to northern Missouri... and if it's like the little town that my great uncle lives in, good luck even finding a place to eat out.
 
2017-03-19 10:35:00 AM  
Iowan here. Aside from the Amanas, I can't imagine a reason to visit here. My mother in law runs a B and B there and still gets lots of traffic.  Though to be fair, I don't know why. Because Amana isn't really that exciting. Nor is Iowa
 
2017-03-19 10:35:58 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: whyRpeoplesostupid: The rest areas on I-80 need a more regular cleaning schedule

I-29 is likewise in atrocious shape.

Oh, also: If you happen to be driving through Iowa, stick to the larger towns (relatively speaking), if you want to stop for lunch somewhere. Reactions to strangers in the average small-town restaurant/bar tend to fall on a spectrum between getting a hole stared into you and trying to pick a fight with you. (Unless yer over sixty or a purty girl, maybe.)

/Grew up in small-town Iowa.
//Never go back unless I absolutely have to.
///They're not friendly to outsiders, is what I'm saying.


Kick his ass Seabass!
 
2017-03-19 10:39:03 AM  
I just asked my husband, who has a frightening knowledge of geography and arcane tourist attractions, and he said:
The Herbert Hoover Library and Presidental Grave Site
Field of Dreams Site
The Des Moines Arboretum
The Bridges of Madison County

Also I learned that my husband knows where all 39 dead Presidents are buried.

Not sure what to do with this.
 
2017-03-19 10:42:32 AM  

Cyrus the Mediocre: Fun Fact: Iowa is the leading producer of cornography in the United States


Cornholing?
 
2017-03-19 10:42:50 AM  

what_now: I just asked my husband, who has a frightening knowledge of geography and arcane tourist attractions, and he said:
The Herbert Hoover Library and Presidental Grave Site
Field of Dreams Site
The Des Moines Arboretum
The Bridges of Madison County

Also I learned that my husband knows where all 39 dead Presidents are buried.

Not sure what to do with this.


Got any tips on where the lives ones are buried?
 
2017-03-19 10:44:26 AM  

Bender The Offender: State officials this week offered many responses like this one on the Travel Iowa Twitter account: "Iowans are diverse, progressive and tolerant. We welcome all people to experience our state." State officials this week offered many responses like this one on the Travel Iowa Twitter account: "Iowans are diverse, progressive and tolerant. We welcome all people to experience our state."

The fact that your asshole citizenry put this goddamned evil douchebag in office more than once says you're a farking liar.


Kindly do not tar the entire state with the brush that should be reserved for those idiots in the 4th Congressional District (i.e., King's district).

/ I live in Central Iowa
// Yeah, we've got our share of assholes and morans
/// But so does everyplace else on this Earth
 
2017-03-19 10:45:52 AM  
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2017-03-19 10:47:09 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: SpaceyCat: There are consequences for words and actions?  Who knew?

I just posted "cornhole" in the wrong thread.

Consequences will never be the same.


What's weird is it was still fitting.
 
2017-03-19 10:48:02 AM  
I had a interview a couple years ago to teach at a college in southern Iowa. During the interview one of the faculty members said (unprompted) "we're not in the middle of nowhere - we're an hour from Des Moines which is an up-and-coming hip city". I'm afraid I laughed.
 
2017-03-19 10:54:09 AM  

what_now: I just asked my husband, who has a frightening knowledge of geography and arcane tourist attractions, and he said:
The Herbert Hoover Library and Presidental Grave Site
Field of Dreams Site
The Des Moines Arboretum
The Bridges of Madison County

Also I learned that my husband knows where all 39 dead Presidents are buried.

Not sure what to do with this.


American Gothic House
The Effigy Mounds in northeastern Iowa are neat
And the Villisca Axe Murder House, if that's your thing.

Other than that, fark this place.  The legislature wants to turn us into Brownbackistan 2.0.  I used to recommend us as a pretty decent place as far as flyover country goes.  Now I tell people to stay away.  When people re-elected    Branstad again for some reason, he promptly took a budget surplus and whittled it into a deficit in near-record time.

I've wanted to move for years, but family is offering me help with a mortgage, so I'd be batshiat to turn it down.

Sigh.
 
2017-03-19 10:55:43 AM  
I'd bet people who see Iowa as a destination and not a pass through probably agree with King on many points.
 
2017-03-19 10:59:43 AM  

rudemix: I'd bet people who see Iowa as a destination and not a pass through probably agree with King on many points.


Would you?  Really?  Fark you, then.  (And Fark Steve King, of course.)
 
2017-03-19 11:04:29 AM  
Lena Dunham will now not be stopping in Iowa on her way to moving to Canada.
 
2017-03-19 11:04:55 AM  
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Iowa vacation am best vacation
 
2017-03-19 11:07:44 AM  
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2017-03-19 11:15:14 AM  

gonegirl: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: whyRpeoplesostupid: The rest areas on I-80 need a more regular cleaning schedule

I-29 is likewise in atrocious shape.

Oh, also: If you happen to be driving through Iowa, stick to the larger towns (relatively speaking), if you want to stop for lunch somewhere. Reactions to strangers in the average small-town restaurant/bar tend to fall on a spectrum between getting a hole stared into you and trying to pick a fight with you. (Unless yer over sixty or a purty girl, maybe.)

/Grew up in small-town Iowa.
//Never go back unless I absolutely have to.
///They're not friendly to outsiders, is what I'm saying.

I learned that during a poorly-chosen lunch break in Dexter, Nebraska.


Yeah, I've learned that the hard way....Once you venture so far east from Central Texas, things get real rednecky, real fast...Plus a lot of those small town spots have Fox news on 24/7 at volume 10, which is more than enough to get me to pass on by.
 
2017-03-19 11:16:09 AM  
You would think people would be more concerned about the almost global boycott of visiting the US.  Tourism down and it's only getting worse.

When even Canadian tour groups and social clubs are unwilling to risk dealing with your border agents you have a potentially massive problem.
 
2017-03-19 11:21:23 AM  
This is going to absolutely devestate the loose meat sandwich industry.
 
2017-03-19 11:22:04 AM  

Xanadone: rudemix: I'd bet people who see Iowa as a destination and not a pass through probably agree with King on many points.

Would you?  Really?  Fark you, then.  (And Fark Steve King, of course.)


Yes, really, I would.
 
2017-03-19 11:22:19 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: SpaceyCat: There are consequences for words and actions?  Who knew?

I just posted "cornhole" in the wrong thread.

Consequences will never be the same.


I think you mean "cornsequences."
 
2017-03-19 11:23:02 AM  
What? The largest State Capital building or a corn field where Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens died? Really? I expected Iowa vacation places to go to would be like Panama City Beach, FL or Branson, MO.
 
2017-03-19 11:26:19 AM  
As someone who has ridden RAGBRAI since I was 14. I can confirm people come from overseas to for the great Iowa bike ride / drinking festival.
 
2017-03-19 11:28:49 AM  
I'll show you libs. I'm going to stick it to you by vacationing in Davenport and while there I'm only eating well done steaks drowned in ketchup.  Yeah!
 
2017-03-19 11:30:53 AM  

CRtwenty: LeroyBourne: I'd check out field of dreams site.  I've also heard that eastern Iowa isn't flat at all.

It's not, it's all rolling hills, rivers, and forest in whatever areas the farmers didn't get to.

I live here, it's not bad if you stick to the larger towns and don't stray too far from the highway. If you do things turn weird real quick.


I'll second what Leroy said. I have to go to IA once or twice a year for work at Rippey wind farm. I try to take a weekend in Des Moines instead of coming straight back when work is done. It's a neat town, surrounded by meth-addled yokel morons.
 
2017-03-19 11:33:35 AM  

Rapmaster2000: I'll show you libs. I'm going to stick it to you by vacationing in Davenport and while there I'm only eating well done steaks drowned in ketchup.  Yeah!


Ruined steaks,  eating pizza with a knife and fork...what's next, hot dogs with ketchup?
 
2017-03-19 11:34:01 AM  

gfbabbitt: Iowan here. Aside from the Amanas, I can't imagine a reason to visit here. My mother in law runs a B and B there and still gets lots of traffic.  Though to be fair, I don't know why. Because Amana isn't really that exciting. Nor is Iowa


I have friends in Coralville and Iowa City, so I gotta agree.
 
2017-03-19 11:42:00 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: whyRpeoplesostupid: The rest areas on I-80 need a more regular cleaning schedule

I-29 is likewise in atrocious shape.

Oh, also: If you happen to be driving through Iowa, stick to the larger towns (relatively speaking), if you want to stop for lunch somewhere. Reactions to strangers in the average small-town restaurant/bar tend to fall on a spectrum between getting a hole stared into you and trying to pick a fight with you. (Unless yer over sixty or a purty girl, maybe.)

/Grew up in small-town Iowa.
//Never go back unless I absolutely have to.
///They're not friendly to outsiders, is what I'm saying.


you could not be more wrong
i live in a town of 300 in iowa.
when people come into the bar/restaurant....it is 100% opposite of what you are describing
 
2017-03-19 11:43:06 AM  
That is where the wife is right now.  Taking a girls weekend with some friends.  A vacation of sorts.
 
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