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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.

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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

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

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

The Old Mill - Vogel Windmill

This replica of a Holland mill demonstrates how paint pigments were ground using wind power. The interior of the "Dutch Miller's Home"

Orange City, IA Historic Mills

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

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

Andy Williams Birthplace

Restored to reflect the era, the house where singer Andy Williams was born and lived until eight years of age displays items donated by Andy and members of his fan club, along with other items of local historical interest.

Wall Lake, IA Historic Sites

Historical House

Built in 1900, the home is restored and furnished with period items and a pictorial history of Calliope and Hawarden.

Hawarden, IA Historic Homes


Sioux City Public Museum

Built from pink-colored Sioux Falls quartzite in the early 1890s, the Peirce Mansion exhibits artifacts from American Indian life and early settlement of the region to the present. Museum store with gifts, books and local crafts.

Sioux City, IA Museums

Big Spirit Lake Fishing Report

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ACCURATE FISHING REPORTS:

, IA Fishing Reports

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