Iowa

Adore Us! Line, Des Moines: Conceived and written by Robert John Ford (Caucus! The Musical), this musical is a song-by-song parody of A Chorus Line in which each of the 20+ Democratic presidential candidates audition for the Iowa voters prior to the 2020 caucuses. Produced by the Iowa Stage Theater Company, Adore Us! Line makes its world premiere January 24, 2020, at the Stoner Theater in the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Shows run through February 2, 2020.

Bald Eagles
Iowa’s 11 lock and dams along the Mississippi River offer open water and plentiful food for wintering bald eagles. Between December and March, the Iowa eagle population grows from 500 to 3,000 birds. Check out six upcoming bald eagle watch festivals.

Grant Wood Scenic Byway
Artist Grant Wood, famous for painting American Gothic, grew up in the rolling countryside near Anamosa. While driving the Grant Wood Scenic Byway, you’ll see wineries, museums and historic sites, as well as the landscapes that inspired his paintings.

Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and Home
Music lovers from across the globe come to see the nearly 3,000-square-foot museum filled with memorabilia of Big Band legend Glenn Miller. You can also tour the home in which he was born in 1904.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Just down the street from the skating plaza, shed your winter coat and bask in the 70-degree temperatures of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Stroll among the desert garden and tropical plantings before enjoying lunch at the attached restaurant, Trellis. On Saturdays in winter, the center features classes on everything from how to create a terrarium to garden-to-table cooking.