Iowa, located in the Midwest region of the U.S., is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east, and the Missouri River on the west.
Iowa has three distinct geographic areas: The Young Drift Plains, the Driftless Area, and the Dissected Till Plains. The Young Drift Plains are mostly flat and cover most of northern and central Iowa. The Driftless Area, in northeastern Iowa, is covered by rugged forested hills and cliffs. The Dissected Till Plains, an area of low, rolling hills, stretches from southern into northwestern Iowa.