Iowa – By the Numbers:

Brittany Swanson   April 23, 2016   Comments Off on Iowa – By the Numbers:

Iowa, state thirty-three, by the numbers:

Total miles: 491

Total money gained: $0

Total money spent: $70.08
    Gas: $42.40
    Other transport: $0
    Food: $14.38
    Attractions: $0
    Other: $13.30

Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $85.71

Total under budget: $15.63

Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $29

North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($151 from $100)

National Park Interagency pass: $0 ($325 from $80)

Number of free meals: 8

Total nights spent with people I already knew: 0

Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 3

Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0

Total nights spent in the car: 0

Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 2

Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 2

Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 0

Total dates: 0

Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 0

Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 11

Total “Oh my gosh, what am I doing?! Am I freaking crazy?!” moments: 1 (For leaving Alex…again…)

Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 16


The library inside the Iowa State Capitol. It’s breathtaking.

The Des Moines Art Center. It’s free, and has such an awesome permanent collection and usually a good rotating exhibit as well.

The Sculpture Park downtown is pretty fun and also free.

East Village, lots of fun shops and things.

While in the East Village you MUST go check out Raygun the t-shirt/funny saying store. So freaking awesome.


Iowa City…I had fun, totally, but if you can only go one place, go to Des Moines.

Amana Colonies. Also fun, but again, out of the way and if you’re crunched for time stick to Des Moines.

Are there any other number related things or best’s or whatnot you’d like to know? Leave me a comment below!