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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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Everything You Need to Know About the Iowa 80 World’s Largest Truckstop

I’m a frequent visitor of the World’s Largest Truckstop. Maybe you are too. For our household, this stop is a convenient halfway point when we travel along Interstate 80 from Des Moines to Chicago to…

Why You Need to Stay at the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa

With thin, cream-colored brick, intricate detailing and large picture windows that hint at what’s hidden inside, the Historic Park Inn Hotel will stop you in your tracks. The structure’s gilded detailing sparkles in the morning…

Celebrate Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa: Everything You Need to Know for 2024

Last month some friends and I hopped in the car on a sunny Saturday and headed south toward Pella for the little city’s biggest celebration—Tulip Time. Held each year in early May, Tulip Time has been on my road trip to-do list for quite some time…

10 Things to Do in Clarksville, Tennessee

If you’re searching for a charming weekend getaway, consider exploring the incredible things to do in Clarksville, Tennessee. Conveniently located about 45 minutes northwest of Nashville, Clarksville is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state….

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