Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Iowa, US that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including kitchens and swimming pools. Prices start at $100 per night, and cabins and houses are popular options for a stay in Iowa. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Experience Iowa in vacation home rentals

If Midwest hospitality is your jam, you'll find it in spades in the Hawkeye State. Whether you're seeking a relaxing retreat in farm country, or the cultural draws of Des Moines and Dubuque, Iowa vacation rentals have you covered. The state's network of well-maintained trails beckon hikers and bikers, while water parks, zoos, museums, aquariums, and botanical gardens offer family fun in the larger cities. For a slice of Americana, visitors of all ages can delight in photo ops at quirky roadside attractions, big-screen filming locations, and the American Gothic house.

History

Historic sites near Iowa vacation rentals

Iowa has unique historic sites to delight the history buff. Vacation homes are available near places like Effigy Mounds National Monument, a scenic archaeological site with miles of trails around Native American ruin sites, Living History Farms, a living history museum that showcases Iowa’s farming history through demonstrations and exhibits, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, a museum and library featuring exhibits related to the president.

Things to do

Attractions near Iowa vacation rentals

Strike a pose at Des Moines' Pappajohn Sculpture Park or the Botanical Garden, or in front of the American Gothic House in Eldon. Channel your inner spelunker at Maquoketa Caves State Park in Jackson County, take a swing at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, or zoom into the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is fit for families in Dubuque. Experience a simpler way of life in the Amana Colonies, seven historic German villages. And whether you're in it for the storybook romance or Instagrammable scenery, there's always some bridges to see in Madison County.

Activities

Things to do near Iowa vacation homes

There are certain things you can only do in Iowa – like stand next to the tallest corn stalk, feast your eyes on the largest strawberry, or pose next to the biggest concrete gnome. If you prefer traveling via two wheels or two boots over road-tripping to offbeat sites, you'll find plenty of trails across the state to keep you moving and grooving. Movie buffs may find certain bridges and baseball fields appealing, while families may set their sights on city or state parks, museums, zoos, water parks, or aquariums. A day at one of Iowa's lakes or afternoon at a farmers' market is a crowd-pleasing option as well.

Weather

Climate during you stay in Iowa vacation homes

From hot, humid summers to cold winters, you can experience all four seasons in Iowa. Brrrr-ing your parka for the winter months as many days will dip below freezing. Vibrant fall colors are on display in September and October. Mother nature can be lively in a different way in the spring and summer, but there's something romantic about watching a thunderstorm on the prairie from the comfort of Iowa vacation rentals, isn't there? You're more likely to snag a steal of a deal on your vacation rental in Iowa's colder months. Don't forget an umbrella if you're visiting between April and August—summer is Iowa's rainiest season.

Natural features

Great plans in the Great Plains

Cornfields? It's not just a rumor. But there's so much more to Iowa's great plains. This Midwestern state is nestled between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and features rolling hills, dense forests, river bluffs, and gleaming lakes, in addition to the peaceful prairies and farmland. In northeast Iowa, steep hills along the Mississippi river feel almost mountain-like. Iowa claims its own brand of Great Lakes in northwestern Iowa, also known as the Okoboji region. The capital, Des Moines, in the center of the state, boasts a couple of skyscrapers in its skyline. From lake areas to mid-sized cities and rural towns, there's a wealth of options for Iowa vacation rentals.

Food and drink

Sample regional cuisine in Iowa

Iowa reflects the culinary traditions of Midwestern cuisine, which includes simple and hearty dishes. Staples of Iowa cuisine include pork, macaroni slaw, apple coleslaw, gazpacho, salmon mousse, cabbage, shrimp yogurt, and citrus desserts. If you want to experience the unique cuisine of Iowa, visit a restaurant or eatery near your vacation rental.

How many vacation rentals are available around Iowa, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 797 vacation rentals around Iowa. From 150 cabin rentals to 322 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Iowa?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Iowa. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Arnolds Park: 209 vacation rentals
  • Clear Lake: 45 vacation rentals
  • Spirit Lake: 210 vacation rentals
  • Okoboji: 212 vacation rentals
  • Decorah: 35 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Iowa! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Iowa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Iowa:

  • Arnolds Park: 209 rentals
  • Clear Lake: 45 rentals
  • Spirit Lake: 210 rentals
  • Okoboji: 212 rentals
  • Decorah: 35 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Iowa?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Iowa are:

  • Iowa City, IA (IOW): 27 vacation rentals
  • Fort Madison, IA (FMS-Fort Madison Municipal): 48 vacation rentals
  • Des Moines International Airport (DSM): 104 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Iowa?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Iowa. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park: 103 rentals
  • Saylorville Lake: 112 rentals
  • Yellow River State Forest: 51 rentals
  • Clear Creek Park: 53 rentals
  • Mid-America Center: 176 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Iowa listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Iowa

Arnolds Park
209 vacation rentals
Clear Lake
45 vacation rentals
Spirit Lake
210 vacation rentals
Okoboji
212 vacation rentals
Decorah
35 vacation rentals
Cedar Rapids
30 vacation rentals
Davenport
38 vacation rentals
Des Moines
108 vacation rentals
Dubuque
284 vacation rentals
West Des Moines
96 vacation rentals
Lansing
49 vacation rentals
Moravia
28 vacation rentals
Urbandale
98 vacation rentals
Ankeny
97 vacation rentals
Iowa City
28 vacation rentals
Guttenberg
17 vacation rentals
Council Bluffs
170 vacation rentals
Le Claire
24 vacation rentals
Harpers Ferry
42 vacation rentals
Larchwood
43 vacation rentals