The Midwest is full of small towns.  While many of them have their own charm, only a few can stand out as some of the best.  One of those that has been recognized as one of the best is a town in Iowa that many across the country know, but maybe haven't fully discovered.

Here are all the small Midwest towns that will let you escape the city and enjoy some small-town American living.

USA Today Best Small Town for Adventure

Mountain biker speeding through forest path.

One of the cities on the list for small towns in the Midwest was also the number one city in the country for small-town adventure.

USA Today recently gave that title to Savanna Illinois for the third straight year.  Savanna, located on the Mississippi River is known for its hiking, biking, river fun, and historic downtown.

Savanna was also one of the cities on the list of the 10 best small towns in all of the Midwest.

USA Today's Best Small Towns in the Midwest


USA Today had a panel of experts narrow down a list of the best small towns in the Midwest and then let the people decide the best with an online vote.  Here are ten that made the 2023 list.

  • 10 - Ste. Geneviéve, Missouri
  • 9 - Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • 8 - Mineral Point, Wisconsin
  • 7 - Logan, Ohio
  • 6 - Savanna, Illinois
  • 5 - Bayfield, Wisconsin
  • 4 - Traverse City, Michigan
  • 3 - Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1 - Vevay, Indiana

Number 2 on the List, Number One In Iowa

Field of Dreams / Roman Weinberg
Field of Dreams / Roman Weinberg

If you build it, they will come.  You know it.  Much of America knows it.  But here is more reason to check out Dyersville, Iowa.

Long before “Field of Dreams” put Dyersville on the map in 1989, it was a homey small farm town with plenty of things to see and do. From the National Farm Toy Museum and racetracks to numerous parks and antique shops, there's something for everyone here. And, of course, the field and farmhouse that served as the backdrop for the famous film remain and are open for tours – and a little dreaming of seeing the ghosts of baseball’s past.

The city of 4500 people sits just to the west of Dubuque making it an easy drive for much of Eastern Iowa.

If you are not into baseball, Dyersville is also the "Farm Toy Capital of the World" for its museum and yearly toy show.

As the Field of Dreams continues to grow, as does the town of Dyersville, more people will discover the small town and perhaps push it to number one on the list.

Small Town Iowa: Road Trip to Pella - Photos

When you mention Pella, most people say "they have all the tulips right?" Where that would be correct, there is so much more to this town. Pella is also home to two manufacturing companies, a college, the largest working windmill in the U.S. and it's the boyhood home of the legendary Wyatt Earp. Now, let's go on a virtual tour of this excellent example of picturesque small-town Iowa.

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Despite being a ghost town the buildings are in excellent shape!


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