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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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10 Offbeat Things to Do in Dodge City, Kansas

Back in the days of the Wild West, the cowtowns of southwest Kansas were infamous. Hardworking cowboys and rowdy outlaws converged to help foster towns full of saloons, dance halls, gambling parlors and more. Though…

6 Must-Try Restaurants & Bars in Dodge City, Kansas

As the Queen of Cowtowns, founded because of the local demand for booze, it’s no surprise that you’ll find delicious restaurants in Dodge City, Kansas. Plus, this community is home to some seriously talented brewers…

Offbeat Attractions in St. Louis, Missouri

Even in bigger cities, I’m always on the lookout for weird and wacky places. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of offbeat attractions in St. Louis, Missouri.

Plan a Weekend Getaway to the Quad Cities

Why settle for one Midwest city when you could spend the weekend exploring four? Straddle the border of Iowa and Illinois and discover all of the exciting things to do in the Quad Cities.

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