Do you want to go on a road trip this summer, but don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to go too far? Some ideas come to mind for some one-day road trips to be experienced right here in Iowa.

Take a visit to the Amana Colonies. These seven villages spread across 26,000 acres in eastern-central Iowa are a designated National Historic Landmark and are packed with restaurants, a museum, and many craft shops. Check out spots like the Amana Heritage Museum, the Communal Kitchen and Copper Shop (where colony members all ate together) or the Homestead Blacksmith Shop. You can also wander the streets of the colonies, taking in the historic homes and gardens.

There is also the famous Field of Dreams in Dyersville to be seen. More than 25 years after being built, visitors still flock to this baseball diamond in the middle of a corn field that was the filming location for the movie “Field of Dreams.” Is this heaven? No, but it’s a good place to play catch. After taking the field, you can stop by the Iowa Baseball Museum in nearby Norway for more fun.

Ida Grove is known as Iowa’s “Castle Town.” This is due to the many structures throughout the town that have been built by businessman Byron Godberson that resemble castles. Godberson also built an eight-acre lake and placed a half-scale replica of the H.M.S. Bounty in it. Ida Grove is an example of how one man with unusual taste can shape his community.

No matter where you are on your staycation, we will be there to help provide the auto coverage you need. You may be or may not be far from home, but you are never far from a Farm Bureau agent. Contact Palo Alto County Farm Bureau agent Gary Jacobson, Sales Associate Mary Halstead at 712-852-4442 for your auto insurance needs. Have a great summer!

A castle in Ida Grove.