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About Olio in Iowa

Olio in Iowa is a Midwest-based travel blog inspired by offbeat destinations, roadside attractions, and “world’s largest” things. Started in 2012, Olio in Iowa focuses on unique travel destinations and the joys of roadtripping. With readers located across the country, Olio in Iowa strives to highlight the nation’s sometimes overlooked locales and showcase the people who help create and maintain them.


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Christmas, Florida: The Town Where it’s Always the Holidays

I’m a sucker for quirky small towns. And Christmas, Florida is no exception. If you’re visiting nearby Orlando, this small community is a convenient drive away and worth the trip, especially if you love a holiday…

Learn the History of Groundhog Day With a Visit to Gobbler’s Knob

Last week while I was trekking east, we made a quick detour in Punxsutawney, PA, the home of Phil the weather-predicting groundhog. We stopped in the adorably quaint downtown before heading south toward Gobbler’s Knob, the wooded location where hundreds flocked each Feb. 2 to see Punxsutawney Phil’s annual weather prediction…

The Best Places to Shop for Gifts in Des Moines

We’ve all been there. You need a gift for someone, but don’t know where to turn. You could head to Target or order something off of Amazon. But why not take the time to support…

8 Things to Do in Oskaloosa, Iowa During the Holidays

Make your holiday season bright with a visit to southern Iowa. There are lots of things to do in Oskaloosa, Iowa year round. But the holiday season is an especially jolly time to visit this…

Available Now: Secret Iowa

Some claim there’s nothing to see in flyover country. But take a closer look and you’ll discover that Iowa is home to more than just cornfields. In fact, across the Hawkeye State you’ll encounter hidden gems and secret spots abound. For instance, do you know where you can find the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel in the world? What about how much the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball weighs? And why did the Los Angeles Lakers pay to build a basketball court in the small town of Carroll?

Book cover of Secret Iowa: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful & Obscure