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    5 Places Everyone in Iowa Must Visit This Winter

    Cold temperatures, rainy and snowy weather and short days doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time at home if you live in Iowa. There are plenty of places where you can spend your time until the days are warm and sunny again. Here are five to put on your must-see list this winter.

    1. Sundown Mountain Resort

    You may not think of Iowa when you consider ski resorts, but Dubuque has a great resort that is perfect for a quick getaway. It features 21 runs with four lifts for all levels of skiers. First-timers can take lessons, giving them the opportunity to enjoy some winter fun right at home.

    2. Benton Skating Plaza

    Even if winter isn’t as cold you as like it, you can still enjoy traditional wintertime activities like ice skating at the indoor arena in Des Moines. Glide around the ice even if the temperatures are a little warmer than you want.

    3. Santa’s Castle

    Located in Storm Lake, Santa’s Castle is a wonderful place to go to believe in Santa again. The site is situated within the Carnegie Library, a historic site in the city. Santa Claus is there and ready to take orders from the kids for their Christmas list so he can get started preparing for the big night. Those who are still kids at heart will enjoy seeing the antique toys and gifts on display.

    4. Sleigh Rides in Jester Park Equestrian Center

    Visit Granger for an unbelievable way to see the beautiful snow-covered scenery of the area. The Jester Park Equestrian Center provides sleigh rides all season. So, bundle up and enjoy the snow and cold in a fun new way.

    5. Isle Casino® Hotel Bettendorf

    Awarded the Quad-City Times 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards Best Casino, Hotel and Buffet, this place is the perfect local getaway for adults. Located in Quad Cities, the casino also features a fabulous hotel and tasty buffet. According to the Vice President and General Manager, Nancy Ballenger, the employees are the key to the success of the Isle® by providing friendly service for every guest. For instance, the Farmer’s Pick Buffet® offers local food whenever possible for fresh and flavorful entrees and more than 80 items to select form on the buffet.

    Don’t stay at home this winter wishing summer was here. Get out and enjoy the best of Iowa sights, sounds and tastes with these five fantastic places that should be on every must-see list.

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