(Des Moines, IA) -- The summer travel season is underway, and there's a lot of chatter about the state's largest waterpark, Lost Island in Waterloo...
This year they have a mermaid feature there so you can go interact with their mermaids, as they have a whole mermaid experience.
Jessica O'Riley of the Iowa Tourism Office says it's one of several popular in-state destinations this summer.
She says if you're into bike trails, "There's a lot of great bike trails across the state. One of my favorite is up there in that northeast corner. It's an eleven mile trail that loops around Decorah. Some challenging switchbacks on the back."
She says that trail is an education for those who think Iowa is flat.
Tourism is a 9 billion dollar industry in Iowa.