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Northwest Iowa, Iowa

Northwest Iowa

Immerse yourself in Iowa's sun-drenched Great Lakes Region for year-round recreation. Visit Sioux City landmarks, and retrace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Experience festival traditions that bring old and young together in celebration.

Explore Northwest Iowa


The Kaleidoscope Factory

Watch woodturning demonstrations and see kaleidoscopes being made. Features guest artist the second Saturday of each month.

Pomeroy, IA Factories

Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Museum

Recording studio, musical instruments, period costumes, posters, pictures, awards, jukeboxes, music artifacts and the Hall of Fame Wall of Honor.

Arnolds Park, IA Museums

The Higgins Museum

This museum of U.S. national banking includes national bank notes (1863-1935) from all over the United States, focusing on those from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Also, 16,000 to 20,000 turn-of-the-century Iowa photo postcards.

Okoboji, IA Museums

Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center

LeMars is home to Wells' Dairy, makers of Blue Bunny Ice Cream. Family-friendly museum provides a look at the history of ice cream and the history of Wells' Dairy, including a simulated production exhibit. Enjoy the 1920

Le Mars, IA Museums

Buena Vista County Wind Farm

Take a self-guided tour of one of the largest wind energy projects in the world. More than 250 turbines, 208 feet tall, sit atop Buffalo Ridge, generating enough electricity to serve 71,000

Storm Lake, IA Structural Landmarks

Okoboji Queen II Excursions

An 18-mile narrated excursion around West Okoboji Lake. Open-air upper deck and enclosed lower deck. Refreshments and snacks available.

Arnolds Park, IA Excursions

Grand Meadow Heritage Center and Museum

Log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, museum with exhibits of American Indian artifacts and rural life. Heritage festival each September featuring steam threshing, horse-drawn plowing, antique farm machinery, vintage auto show, music and food.

Washta, IA Museums

Lyon County Historical Society Museum Complex

Renovated former Rock Island Depot, caboose, and livery stable. Windmill and Victorian house completely renovated and furnished. Visit a schoolhouse and teacher's house at nearby Lake Pahoja Park.

Rock Rapids, IA Museums

Sioux City Art Center

Three-story glass atrium, hands-on gallery for children, 900-piece permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, gift gallery. Annual outdoor art festival -- ARTSPLASH -- held Labor Day weekend. Special 2006 exhibits include "Motorcycle As Art" and "Fashion in Film."

Sioux City, IA Art Centers

Parker Historical Museum of Clay County

The 1916 Arts and Crafts-style house and adjacent Duroe Building contain vintage clothing, antiques, fire truck and agricultural tools. Visit one-room school and general store. Research archives and library.

Spencer, IA Museums

Historic Sod House, Schoolhouse, Post Office

Visit the first schoolhouse in Palo Alto County and a replica of an early sod house. The town's first post office has also been restored. Unique historical displays, veterans memorial.

West Bend, IA Historic Schoolhouses

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