According to ExistingCountries, Iowa (IA) is a largely rural state in the middle of America. The state is nicknamed “The Hawkeye State”, a reference to the leader of the indigenous Sauk tribe during a war against the US government. Iowa is bordered by two rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi. In addition, there are two National Scenic Byways, the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway and the Great River Road. If you rent a car you can include the many sights along this route in your trip. Route 30, also known as the Lincoln Highway, is the first transcontinental highway in the US and crosses Iowa. The state capital is Des Moines. Visit Urbandale’s Living History Farms to learn about the state’s agricultural history and how early settlers transformed Iowa from prairie land to farmland. Baseball fans can’t miss a visit to the ‘Field Of Dreams’ in Dyersville. This is the location of the 1989 film of the same name starring Kevin Costner. Baseball games are played regularly and entrance is free. In August, the Iowa State Fair takes place in Des Moines: one of the world’s largest livestock shows with associated activities such as a carnival and performances by country music artists.