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Sports & Recreation

Choose Your Own Lifestyle

Place the bike, canoe or kayak on the car. Throw the clubs in the trunk. Pack up the rod or rifle. Hitch up the boat. Don’t miss the tailgate.

Iowa is home to the largest recreational bike ride, and the largest cross-country run in the U.S. We have thousands of miles of navigable streams and rivers and lakes across the state. Our state is known for offering some of the best trout fishing and whitetail hunting in the country.

Then, there are our collegiate athletic teams, which inspire fanaticism you have to experience to truly understand. Every football weekend is a holiday in Iowa. Our basketball arenas are legendary and no state loves wrestling more than Iowans.

Whatever you choose to do, it’ll be easily accessible in Iowa. Go ahead, play nine after work on a week night. We do it all the time.

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Are You Going to the Game?

Iowa is home to four NCAA Division I athletic programs, including one in the Big 10 and one in the Big 12. Five minor league baseball teams, one hockey team and one basketball team affiliated with major league organizations also play in the state.


miles of recreational trails

Iowa DNR

miles of navigable waterways for canoeing and kayaking

Iowa DNR

state parks

Iowa DNR

A state that loves to pedal and run

RAGBRAI — the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa — is the largest recreational bike ride in the U.S. Iowa is also home to the country's largest cross-country run.

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