Hot air balloon, outdoor spider-like sculpture and the golden dome of the Des Moines Iowa state capitol building

Take a Trip: Jefferson Highway Heritage Byway (South)

In our second episode of Road Trip Iowa, we took a trip along the southern part of the Jefferson Highway Heritage Byway (next week we return to this heritage highway and showcase the northern part of our trip). From the farm fields of Lamoni to the capital city of Des Moines, explore the historic sites, unique attractions and natural beauty along the way.

Want to take this journey with us on your next road trip? Use Travel Iowa's itinerary tool to send yourself a fantastic route along this byway to experience most of our episode in person (please note that the itinerary tool doesn't always have every stop featured in our show so you may need to add a couple of stops along the way if you want the full experience).

Amish Country Store & Maid-Rite Diner

Find baked goods and old world craftsmanship at the Amish Country Store in Lamoni.


Osceola Depot

Osceola’s historic train depot marks a unique crossroads at the center of the nation.


National Balloon Classic & National Balloon Museum

Climb aboard hot air balloons at the National Balloon Classic and National Balloon Museum.


Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park

Visit the small but mighty Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park south of Des Moines.


Des Moines' Downtown Farmers’ Market

Spend a Saturday morning at one of the biggest and best farmers’ markets in the country.


Iowa State Capitol

Tour one of the grandest state capitol buildings in downtown Des Moines.


John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

The Pappajohn Sculpture Park is home to a collection of larger than life works of art.