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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


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

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

Grotto of the Redemption

A composite of nine separate grottos portrays scenes from the life of Christ, using stones and gems from around the world. Museum, gift shop, restaurant, campground, playground, shelter house. Sometimes called the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Trumpeter swans on the lake.

West Bend, IA Grottos

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

Big Spirit Lake Fishing Forecast

Big Spirit Lake fishing forecast is provided by the Iowa D.N.R.. Click on the link below and go down the page a bit. Thanks to the Iowa D.N.R.

, IA Fishing Forecast

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

Sac County Barn Quilts

Historic barns and corn cribs provide the backdrop for color eight-foot-square painted quilt blocks. Download a map and enjoy part or all of this 108-mile tour route.

Sac City, IA Historic Barns

Sac City Museum

Catch up on the history of Sac City by viewing costumes, displays of historical items, farm tools and equipment.

Sac City, IA Museums

World's Largest Popcorn Ball

This 3,100-pound popcorn ball set a new Guinness world record when it was created in 13 minutes by 40 volunteers in 2004. Seven feet tall and 23 feet in circumference, the popcorn ball is housed in its own buildling beside the Sac County Museum.

Sac City, IA Exhibits

Wansink Art Gallery, Prairie Schoolhouse and Pione

Art gallery offers monthly exhibits, fine arts and music reference libraries. Sheldon's first schoolhouse is the site of art classes and community activities. The restored pioneer home was also used as a church and hotel.

Sheldon, IA Exhibits

Orpheum Theatre

Newly restored 1927 Rapp & Rapp theater offers a variety of entertainment events, including symphony, Broadway shows, movies, and conferences.

Sioux City, IA Theatres

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