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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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Offbeat Things to Do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama

For me, getting off the beaten path is often half the fun. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of offbeat things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

10+ Delicious Restaurants in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama

Wherever the road takes me, finding delicious dining options is always a top priority. Thankfully there’s no shortage of incredible restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Explore Barber Marina’s Oddities: Bamahenge, The Lady in the Lake & More

If you’re looking for an unusual spot along Alabama‘s Gulf Coast, look no further than Barber Marina. Located about 35 minutes from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, this functioning marina is also home to all sorts of…

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…

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