I've always wondered what it would have been like to have grown up years and years ago. To ride in a covered wagon, explore the old west, live the hard life. Then again, there's tons of other places I could've grown up. In a country far, far away.

Holland, Germany, the U.S... here are some places in Iowa that take you back in time... if only for a day or for a few hours.

One of my favorite places to visit growing up was always Living History Farms in Urbandale. I was especially excited if we happened to go on a day the guys were in the field.

One thing that always bummed me out. They always seemed to be cooking, but I never got to try anything. Our timing was always off for that.

Pella is all about the tulips around Mother's Day but my favorite spectacle was always this giant windmill. I'd never really seen anything like it before, and haven't since. Pella is such a cool town.

In case you were wondering, this year's Pella Tulip Festival is May 4 thru 6. You win... here's some of those gorgeous tulips.

Presidential history and a tough childhood is told at the Herbert Hoover National Museum and Library in West Branch. Orphaned at a young age, he would become our 31st President... and still the only one from Iowa.

The home where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived at age 9 is located in Burr Oak, Iowa. According to the museum's website, it's her only childhood home that is still in its original location.

Right here in Cedar Rapids is an awesome pioneer village. If you haven't been to Ushers Ferry before, or it's been awhile, pay 'em a visit.

German heritage is on display in the Amana Colonies. Seven villages and so much to see, no matter the season.

Another unique feature of the Amana Colonies is the lily pond which reminds me, is it spring yet?

[via Only In Your State, Living History Farms, Pella, National Parks Service, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Cedar Rapids, and Amana Colonies]