Nice open road through farmland
Nice minimal trafic route
2-lane paved that climbs and runs along the top of Loess Hills, then along a river valley. Scenic with good rolling hills and corners.
It is a nice ride with plenty of fuel and food stops. A nice day ride.
Near Dexter you can visit the shoot out memorial, Drew's chocolates, the round block building that was owned by Nick Noltes family. Along the white pole route you will find a great old gas station with the neon sign still working, sorry no gas though. Stay on the route and just south of I-80 you will find the famous freedom rock painted by Bubba Sorenson as a tribute to our veterans. This alone is worth the trip. As a side trip you may want to go on to Brandon Iowa and take a picture with the worlds largest frying pan. It weighs 1/2 ton and can hold 44 dozen eggs. Only In IOWA have a great ride
Nice sweepers and very little traffic. As usual in this area, be careful in the spring and fall, there are farm vehicles.
Fun road with big sweepers. Favorite of sport bikers on the week-ends. Be aware some of the corners are off-camber... State patrol presence on week-ends as well!
I've taken most of this route several times, but most of the route south of Glenwood I've taken only a couple times. Even so, I've enjoyed the curvy and slightly-hilly roads. The road passes through several small towns where food and gas are routinely available. Although the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway (which actually goes north of Council Bluffs past Sioux City) ends as the Iowa/Missouri border, SR-275 between the border and Rock Port is still a nice road for riding.Enjoy!
Short rural stretch with some nice turns.
Easy, relaxing sweepers, a nice ride.
Selection of great scenery and easy corners, relax and enjoy.
Some nice sweeping curves and little other traffic about.
A few easy corners in this corner starved area.
This is the most scenic ride in Iowa. Make sure you stop in Balltown for a fantastic meal at Breitbachs. There are some great pullover spots all along this route for unforgettable views of the Mississippi Valley.
Good curves and interesting road by the Loess hills. Not much traffic either.
Although titled Mississippi..., the starting point is in the glacially carved St. Croix Valley above its confluence with the Mississippi. One follows either side of the river valley to the point where the St. Croix merges with the Mississippi on the Minn./Wisc. border.
The Mississippi, already a large river from its convergence with the Minnesota River below Minneapolis/St. Paul, now is the large, deep river that cuts through high bluffs and cliffs all the way down to Dubuque, Iowa.
Simply follow either side of the valley (at best alternating at bridge crossings along the way)and picking routes that local maps show to be the most scenic (although most maps show both sides as scenic!). Fall foliage season is an ideal time with cooler, drier weather and magnificent color. Once in Dubuque (at two-day trip, at best) I find a direct route south to southernmost Iowa (Keokuk) the best as the river scenery lessens until one reaches Missouri.