2. Cross the Astounding High Trestle Trail Bridge

Keen walkers and cyclists have their pick of the bunch when it comes to trails in Iowa. One of the best, however, has to be the High Trestle Trail. This 25-mile trail runs from Ankeny to Woodward, using what used to be a freight line on the Union Pacific Railroad. As well as taking you through five rural towns and stunning Iowan landscape, its landmark bridge is easily the creme de la creme. At half-a-mile in length, Trestle Bridge is the fifth-longest pedestrian bridge in the country. Spanning the Des Moines River Valley, the bridge also has unique architecture. Winding squares, lit up at night, were built to represent a mine shaft as a tribute to the region's strong mining history.

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