Composed of seven colonies, Amana Colonies is a charming area on the prairie of east-central Iowa. Settled by a group of German Pietists in the mid-19th century, the colonies they created were peaceful places to live their communal life. Today, the Amana Colonies is a treasured National Historic Landmark, complete with lovely brick, stone, and clapboard houses, lush gardens, and street lanterns. Guests can stroll along the quaint streets, or visit one of many heritage sites, including the Amana Heritage Museum and the Communal Kitchen and Copper Shop. A host of things to eat, handcrafted furniture and art can be found in Amana.