15 Best All Inclusive Resorts In Iowa

Iowa is the US’s Corn state with nearly 90% of its land dedicated to agriculture. It’s also called the Hawk Eye State because the famous Sauk tribe leader, Black Hawk came back to Iowa after battling the early settlers. Even though much of the state is green, its remaining parts are well developed with some remarkable engineering marvels. These include the Snake Alley, the world’s most crooked street; and the Fenelon Elevator,  the planet’s shortest and steepest train line, to name a few. You can visit its Mississippi River Museum, Aquarium and Pappajohn Sculpture Park to see some wonderful sculptures on display. Moreover, Iowa has some wonderful resorts where you can chill out to rejuvenate yourself completely. The following are the top 15.

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1. Honey Creek Resort

Location: Situated by Rathbun Lake.

Provides numerous accommodation choices. These range from lodges overlooking Rathbun lake, free-standing cabins as also tent sites or powered RVs to suit all budgets. 

Go canoeing, jet skiing and stand up paddle boarding on the lake. Splash around in its indoor water park anytime of the year. Swing a golf club on the Preserve, the resort’s 18-hole course. Or simply enjoy the heavenly peace and quiet that the resort provides. 

2. Lakeshore RV Resort and Campground

Location: Northeastern part of Iowa on Lake Oelwein.

You’ll be charmed by its magnificent surroundings that bring peace and tranquility and allows you to rejuvenate faster. Amenities include, disc golf, shuffleboard, basketball, mini golf, boating and swimming. You can stay at any of its numerous tent sites and RVs. Go hiking on the trails close to the resort or visit the Mississippi River Museum close by.

3. Waterloo/Lost Island Resort

Location: Waterloo, Iowa.

This resort provides numerous accommodation types ranging from deluxe cabins to tent sites and powered RVs. In-house guests get discounted entry to its Waterpark, spreading over 24 acres of green land. Its main attractions are its water slides, wave pool and rides. You can even play golf at the South Hills Golf Course, which is close to the resort or try your luck at the Isle of Capri Casino. There’s also a Disc Golf course and facilities for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. 

4. Des Moines West KOA RV Resort

Location: Winterset, Iowa. 

Comes with a range of powered sites, tents and deluxe cabins. Great for fishing enthusiasts with its fish pond and large swimming pool for water-based activities. It’s Hunt Brothers’ Pizza shop is not to be missed. You also get your own camp kitchens and BB facilities to have your private cooking sessions. A great destination for family outings. 

5. Newton KOA Resort

Location: Half and hour’s drive from 30 Des Moines.

Offers multiple campsites to choose from. There’s a below-ground pool to swim in, a fish pond to angle in; play outdoor games in numerous on site playgrounds as also nature trails to go hiking on. Great ice cream sundaes and pancakes available on weekends for all guests.

6. Grand Falls Casino Resort

Location: Grand Falls, Iowa.

This unique and luxurious destination has a hotel, outdoor and indoor spas and pools as also a state-of –the-art fitness center. Enjoy the Casino’s multiple dining choices as you earn a dollar or two at the gambling tables. Play golf on its 18-hole course or simply marvel at The Falls, a 30-foot waterfall that flows through the resort’s heart into a lake sprawling over 12 acres. 

7. White Rock Resort

Location: White Rock, Iowa

Has plenty of campsites and cottages to suit all budgets. The entire resort is a sprawling 5,500-acres and offers you stay at rooms in its historic farmhouse also. Hike to your heart’s content, go horse riding, mountain biking and fishing. Or, just sit back and enjoy the natural beauty. You couldn’t ask for more.

8. Cutty’s Okoboji Resort

Cutty’s Okoboji Resort has self-contained cabins, camping sites and RV accommodation. The camps are known for their cleanliness and have an on-site restaurant and pool for your pleasure. Visit at peak season time to enjoy its arts, crafts and festival activities that keep the whole family entertained. Go fishing on the lake or just lounge by the beautiful glacier-curved lake for hours together. 

9. Sandbar Beach Resort

Location: On the banks of the Spirit Lake.

15 lake-facing cabins that give you a marvelous view of the lake from all sides. A terrific destination for anglers, its lake would give any fishing enthusiast more than what he can ask for. Go paddle boating and swimming or play golf at any of the four courses close by. Gorge on some lip smacking food at its exotic restaurants or let the children have some fun at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. 

10. Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

Location: Dubuque, Iowa. 

This is a hotel with over 190 rooms and its own water park to provide family entertainment throughout the year. The Tony Roma restaurant is great for its food. Its fitness center is also where you can relax or exercise. Also comes with a business center with internet connectivity and printing. The perfect destination for any wedding, family gathering or corporate event.

11. King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort

Location: On the banks of Storm Lake.

You’ll be charmed by its stone and timber lodge that offers both self-contained cabins and hotel rooms. A restaurant for fine dining caters to all taste buds and the rooms are all done up in contemporary styles with the capacity of up to five guests. The resort’s Sunrise Cottages can host up to ten guests. The resort’s highlight is its water park, for you to enjoy both outdoor and indoor water activities. 

12. Cedar Valley Lodge

Location: On the premises of the Yellow River State Park by the Yellow River. 

You get to stay at any of the ten bedrooms of the Central Lodge Building or The Log Home. Four more beds are available at the Cabin on the River. This all-weather destination is ideal for family vacations to indulge in Cross Country skiing and snowmobiling during winter; and hiking, mountain biking and fishing during spring and summer. 

13. Red Cedar Lodge

Location: Charles City, Iowa.  

An award winning resort, Red Cedar Lodge comprises four self-contained red cedar wood cabins. The undulating, wooded landscape is truly a sight to behold and the resort is ideal for visiting throughout the year. Go kayaking, fishing and canoeing on the Red Cedar river. Enjoy the fireside patio BBQs, soak in a hot tub to relax your tired muscles after bouts of hiking and mountain biking. 

14. Riverside Casino and Golf Resort

A luxurious and most sophisticated address of Iowa, this is a world-class hotel. Offers rooms at four levels of affordability and opulence, three pools, day spa, fitness center and multiple restaurants. Have a round on its 18-hole golf course that includes two rivers and numerous artificial lakes. You’ll be simply spell bound by the natural beauty and opulence of it all.   

15. Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center

This is one resort that offers facilities for both family vacations and corporate events. Comes with an award winning restaurant while also providing guests with access to the 27-hole Brooks National Golf course. Services of an on-site hairdresser are also available. Shop for some fabulous ball gowns at its Elegance Boutique. Quite an unforgettable experience.