Des Moines is the most populous city in Iowa and is located in the heart of the state. The city is home to the Iowa State capitol building and Drake University. It is also a major center for the insurance industry and financial services. Des Moines is very important to the U.S. presidential election, as it is home to the Iowa caucuses, the first caucuses of the primary race.
Situated in the eastern part of the state, Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city and is known as the largest corn processing city in the world. The city also has a flourishing arts and cultural scene, which includes the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Iowa Masonic Library and Museum, and Theatre Cedar Rapids.
Davenport sits on the border of Iowa and Illinois and is the largest city located along the Mississippi River. The city has earned a reputation as a major festival city, featuring annual festivals such as the Beaux Arts Festival, Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival and Mississippi Valley Blues Festival.
Dubuque also sits along the Mississippi River and lies on the junction between Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Dubuque is home to five major colleges and universities as well as the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.Learn more about The Midwest