Discover a selection of 1,500 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 swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $110 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.
Top rated rentals — Iowa
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Iowanna visit the Midwest

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 waterparks, 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.

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.


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.


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.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Iowa?

While extended vacations to new places are amazing, there's something wonderful about escaping for a whirlwind weekend getaway. These rentals in Iowa are ideal for just that:

  • "Drake House - Fleur De Lis - Private Hot Tub" - This rental in Downtown Dubuque comes with amenities designed to make your visit a comfortable one, such as a fridge and winery tours. Its handy location also makes it a great base to do some whirlwind exploring.
  • "Ten Acre Treehouse, "captains Quarters" - This is another fantastic place where you can relax and unwind for a couple of days. Make the most of winery tours, nearby museums and more during your short but memorable stay at this Downtown Dubuque property.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Iowa?

Forget about booking a bland hotel room and select one of our studio apartments in Iowa. Here's where you can hole up in your own digs and enjoy the next location you visit like a local:

  • Settle in and get comfortable at "Drake House - Fleur De Lis - Private Hot Tub", situated in Downtown Dubuque. There are plenty of amenities to make use of here, including games and a stovetop.
  • With the comforts of home and with way more privacy than a large hotel, "Ten Acre Treehouse, "captains Quarters" is another place to consider. It's located in Nauvoo and comes with nearby museums and heating.

Can I find short term rentals in Iowa?

Spend a few days in a cheap and cheerful cabin or ignore your accountant and splurge on a premium apartment. Vrbo has a great selection of short-term rentals to suit any budget in Iowa. Check out these options for inspiration:

  • "Drake House - Fleur De Lis - Private Hot Tub" in Downtown Dubuque is perfect for a short-term stay. It's close to the town center, so you can easily visit all the best sights without having to travel too far.
  • Another welcoming option is "Ten Acre Treehouse, "captains Quarters" in Nauvoo. Whether you're on a brief stopover or making the most of a long weekend, this comfortable vacation rental will make you feel right at home.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Iowa?

A romantic weekend getaway in Iowa is sure to rekindle the passion. Light some scented candles, take your sweetie by the hand and get set to watch the sparks fly at one of these retreats:

  • Catch up on quality time and sweet snuggles at "Private 10 Acre Family Friendly Cabin W" in Lansing. Beauty services and winery tours are just two of the thoughtful touches you'll find here.
  • Alternatively, spend a few days popping Champagne and canoodling at "Wild Rose Road Cabin 2595 Wild Rose Road Fort Atkinson Ia". Winery tours and a fireplace add to the ambiance of this property in Fort Atkinson.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Iowa?

If your idea of a dream getaway is to bring all your friends with you, you'll be needing a whole bunch of space. Luckily, there are plenty of vacation rentals in Iowa that cater to large groups, starting with these sprawling pads:

  • "Lake Macbride Cabin And State Park Near Amana Colonies": With 3 bedrooms, everyone can join the fun at this popular escape in Johnson County. A firepit and a garden are among the amenities offered here.
  • "Prairie Retreat With 40 Acres Near Iowa City": Located in East Central Iowa, this option has 5 bedrooms and is another popular pick for a big family get-together. There's a whole lot to keep guests content and comfortable, such as a kitchen and a sauna.

Are there large vacation rentals that sleep 30 or more in Iowa?

Planning a getaway in Iowa with a huge group doesn't have to mean crowding everyone into one or two rooms. If you're after someplace comfy where you and your guests can spread out and unwind, one of these large vacation rentals might be just the ticket:

  • "Barlow Manor ~ Perfect Reunion Home": This property in Nauvoo has 6 bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate up to 30 people. As well as enough space, it comes with a kitchen and a kitchen island.
  • "The Great River Ranch - 175 Acre Private Custom Riverfront": Good times are guaranteed at this retreat in Potosi. It has 10 bedrooms and sleeps up to 30 guests comfortably. Top amenities here include a swimming pool and a kitchen.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Iowa?

Perhaps you're organizing a trip to celebrate a special anniversary, or reuniting with the folks you haven't seen in forever. Whatever the reason, you'll likely need plenty of space. One of these large family vacation rentals in Iowa could be the perfect fit:

  • If you're seeking a rental that sleeps no fewer than 8 people, make a booking at "Private 10 Acre Family Friendly Cabin W" in Lansing. With 3 bedrooms, a porch and childrens activities, your next family vacation is bound to be a winner.
  • Alternatively, treat the gang to a break at "Wild Rose Road Cabin 2595 Wild Rose Road Fort Atkinson Ia". This Fort Atkinson property has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 9 guests. Make use of a garden and a toaster during your stay.

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