Iowa has long been known as the nation’s breadbasket, with 90 percent of the state devoted to farming. Every four years, the Hawkeye State enters the national spotlight when voters assemble in January for the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the presidential nomination process. But Iowa can fascinate visitors every year, with villages that hark back to the 19th century, centers of art and literature, historic sites and dramatic landscapes along the Mississippi.

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