Iowa’s roads flow through charming small towns and roll leisurely through open countryside. This is true America’s Heartland country where you can almost feel like you’re throttling backwards in time.
Most people who are familiar with Iowa agree that its best motorcycle route is the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. This road meanders alongside the Mighty Mississippi River for approximately 90 miles. Along the way, this route climbs up some steep ridges and then dips down into picturesque valleys. In addition to all of the nice scenery, some sections of the Great River Road also feature entertaining sweepers and twisties.
A nice ride that is all about the destination is a visit to Dyersville, the small town where the 1989 classic movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed. To get to Dyersville, which is just 25 miles west of Dubuque, riders need to take U.S. 20 from Dubuque to Iowa 136, which will then deliver them to the “Field of Dreams.” Visitors are allowed to play a game of pickup baseball on the field, if they want. This is a pretty ride on country roads.
Motorcyclists looking for another pleasant scenic ride will enjoy the Loess Hills Scenic Byway, which is a 220-mile drive through prairies, forests and past bluffs. This is pretty country, where you might be able to spy eagles or hawks flying overhead. Loess Hills Scenic Byway, which is also known as 982, begins in Akron, Iowa and runs down to Hamburg. This will not be an exhilarating ride full of twisties, but it will give riders a peek back at how parts of our country once appeared, and it does have some nice sweepers and great vistas of the Missouri Valley.
The Northeast Iowa Loop is a collection of roads that take riders on a fun and scenic ride through hills and valleys. This loop starts in Waukon on Highway 9 and goes east towards Lansing. From Lansing, riders will take Highway 26 to Country Road A26 west to Highway 76. Riders then take 76 back to their starting point in Waukon. Lovers of twisties will be happy to hear that Country Road A26 is loaded with them.
Riders who prefer roads where they can let the throttle out should head to Old Lincoln Highway, which runs for 30 miles between Council Bluffs and Magnolia through pretty farm country. Although this road has a lot of straight a ways it also has some stretches with sharp curves.
Throughout the year, Iowa motorcyclists have numerous rallies and rides to choose from. The Mississippi River Motorcycle Rally, AKA Little Sturgis on the River, is held in Davenport, Iowa. It advertises itself as being the largest gathering of motorcycles in the Midwest. This four-day rally, which is held in June, features musical acts, a number of rides and lots of vendors.
The largest non-profit motorcycle rally in Iowa is the Across the Border Raid Motorcycle Rally, which is held in August in Bedford, Iowa. This three-day event features a number of bands and contests.
Disclaimer: All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here. Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.
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