A popular Iowa state park made the Top 10 of a new list of the nation's "favorite natural attractions", and on a list of 250 possible choices, several other Iowa spots made the list.

The international travel website Aqua Expeditions, a recognized global leader in luxury small-ship expeditions took the survey. According to a media release, they asked over 3,000 Americans to name their favorites, and at #8 was McGregor's Pike's Peak!

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It's been a long time since I've been to Pike's Peak State Park in McGregor, but I think I need to go back because look how beautiful it is.

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As for the rest of the Top 10:

  1. Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  2. New York’s Niagara Falls
  3. Missouri’s Elephant Rocks
  4. Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park
  5. California’s Redwood National and State Parks
  6. Hawaii’s Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  7. Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay
  8. Iowa's Pikes Peak State Park
  9. Arizona's The Grand Canyon
  10. Hawaii's Waikiki Beach

Here's where the rest of the Iowa locations ranked:

  • #8 Pikes Peak State Park
  • #109 Effigy Mounds National Monument
  • #110 Laura Ingalls Wilder Park
  • #111 Maquoketa Caves State Park
  • #218 Ledges State Park

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