I've been in Iowa for about four months now, and I really haven't ventured out of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Sure, I've been a few places for work, but I'm trying to get out and explore the area a little more. This weekend I will be going to the Amana Colonies (on a NOT work-related adventure), I will be heading to Des Moines on St. Patty's Day, and yesterday I traveled to Williamsburg to the Tanger Outlet Mall.

What I didn't realize, is that they actually have a few of these in Michigan. But, since I've never been to any of them, I'm counting this as new experience. I ended up spending $135 at the Nike store (oops), and I got some guitar-shaped ice cube trays from the kitchen store, so I consider the trip a huge success.

I would love some recommendations for more places nearby that I should explore! I want to get the full Iowa experience. Leave your suggestions below!