Fort Madison trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Fort Madison is a city and a county seat of Lee County, Iowa, United States along with Keokuk. Of Iowa's 99 counties, Lee County is the only one with two county seats. The population was 11,051 at the 2010 census. Located along the Mississippi River in the state's southeast corner, it lies between small bluffs along one of the widest portions of the river.HistoryFort Madison was founded at the location of the first U.S. military fort in the upper Mississippi region. A replica of the fort stands along the river. Sheaffer Pens were developed and made in Fort Madison for many years. The city is the location of the Iowa State Penitentiary—the state's maximum security prison for men. Fort Madison is the Mississippi river crossing and station stop for Amtrak's Southwest Chief. Fort Madison has the last remaining double swing-span bridge on the Mississippi River, the Fort Madison Toll Bridge. It has a top level for cars and a similar level for trains; it is also the world's largest. The Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District is a collection of well-preserved historic storefronts from the late 19th century.The Original Fort Madison (1808–1813)The city of Fort Madison was established around the site of the historic Fort Madison, which was the first permanent U.S. military fortification on the Upper Mississippi. Fort Madison was the site of Black Hawk's first battle against U.S. troops, the only real War of 1812 battle fought west of the Mississippi. It was also the location of the first U.S. military cemetery in the upper Midwest. The fort was named for James Madison, fourth President of the United States.Customize your holiday with our United States trip itinerary planning tool to create an adventure that suits you.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Fort Madison
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Fort Madison
Places to visit with Fort Madison
Des MoinesTrip planner BEST FOR: Park, Government Building, Zoo DubuqueTrip planner BEST FOR: Aquarium, Landmark, Park Council BluffsTrip planner BEST FOR: Casino, History Museum, Specialty Museum DavenportTrip planner BEST FOR: Art Museum, Casino, Natural History Museum Cedar RapidsTrip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Entertainment Center, Historic Site
Recently planned trips to Fort Madison
10 days in Fort Madison, Grand Canyon National Park & North Platte BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Fort Madison Grand Canyon National Park North Platte 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Fort Madison Branson Memphis 14 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Des Moines Winterset Pella 8 days in Fort Madison & Wisconsin Dells BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Fort Madison Wisconsin Dells 4 days in Fort Madison BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Lacey Keosauqua State Park Dutchman's Store Old Fort Madison 6 days in Trinidad, Fort Madison & Nauvoo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Trinidad Fort Madison Nauvoo