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Designation: Iowa State Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 68 Miles (113.33 Kilometers)

General Information

Description - The Grant Wood Scenic Byway is a symbol of the American heartland. Named for 1930's Iowa artist, the byway is a tribute to Grant Woods skill in reproducing a place and a culture through his art. Grant Wood artwork is well known. Travel the Grant Wood Byway, and you will see where he found his inspiration for such artwork as "American Gothic," "Stone City," and other legendary pieces. Easter Iowa offers you a chance to create your own works of art by offering you such subjects as rounded hills, colorful woodlands, and the mighty Mississippi River. If exploration is more your style, journey through one of the many adventurous caves, canyon-like cliffs, or relax for the night at an Iowa bed and breakfast inn. The byway is located in eastern Iowa, and travelers can hardly help looking at it through the eyes of an artist.

Attractions - The Grant Wood Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : The Grant Wood Scenic Byway runs through two eastern Iowa counties to the Mississippi River. The byway splits to include both a northerly and southerly route but connects at Andrew on one side and Maquoketa on the other.

Driving the Byway

  • Beginning in Anamosa, travel state road 64 past the communities of Wyoming, Monmouth, and Baldwin.
  • From Baldwin, continue on SR 64 until the route splits into a northerly and southerly section.

  • Northerly Section
  • From the intersection of SR 64 and SR 428, turn left onto 428.
  • Continue on SR 428 until county road E17 appears.
  • Stay on E17 and pass the community of Andrew where the route rejoins.

  • Southerly Section
  • From the intersection of SR 64 and SR 62, turn right onto SR 62.
  • Continue on SR 62 until the community of Andrew where the route rejoins.

  • Finishing the Byway
  • Following E17, driviers will reach Springbrook.
  • From Springbrook, turn onto county road Z15 and continue to Bellevue where the byway ends.

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    Additional Information:
    East Central Iowa Travel Region -
    Iowa Scenic Byways - Iowa offers two National Scenic Byways, Great River Road and Loess Hills Scenic Byway, close to ten state designated byways, the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.

    Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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