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  • 8/8/2017 1:29:00 PM
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Both Maquoketa Caves and Pikes Peak state parks have been picked as “best Iowa attractions” by USA TODAY for their 10Best Readers’ Choice contest currently underway.

Both state parks are found in northeast Iowa. 

Maquoketa Caves, in Jackson County, has more caves to explore than any other state park in Iowa, giving visitors a chance to step back in geologic time. Pikes Peak, in Clayton County, is known for its spectacular views of the Upper Midwest and the mighty Mississippi River, particularly during peak fall color.

“There is no doubt, these are two very popular parks,” says Todd Coffelt, DNR State Parks bureau chief.  “And I’m sure this competition will be hotly contested, particularly among the local communities that are such great supporters of these state parks.”

Coffelt said that Iowa is fortunate to have 71 state park and recreation areas which are all unique, with beautiful features and recreational opportunities.

The 10Best Readers” Choice contest ends Aug. 28. Voting is done online at  Only one vote per person daily through the end of the contest. Winners will be announced Sept. 1.