America's Scenic Byways

Iowa Valley Scenic Byway

70 miles - Allow about 4 hours to tour this byway.

This byway meanders across the Iowa River Valley in east central Iowa. It encompasses the historic Amana Colonies that are known today for their fine craftsmanship of wood furniture and excellent German-style restaurants.

Seven villages formed a communal society in the 1850's; most of the settlers were members of the same religious sect of Germany. The sect was known as the Community of True Inspiration and was one of the most successful communal societies in history. Now, the Amana Colonies exhibit remnants of a fascinating cultural heritage.