Iowa isn’t well-regarded as a vacation spot in the country, but for those in the know there is a lot to do and see in the state — including the Meskwaki Powwow happening this week.

Sara Broers, author of 100 Things to Do in Iowa Before You Die, shares how she became travel blogger in northern Iowa and the many places she’s visited in research for her book. Through this and other upcoming publications she hopes to debunk the state’s reputation as fly-over country by highlighting the heartland’s gems.