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Southwest Iowa

Southwestern Iowa exudes its western flair with a championship rodeo and superb game hunting. Visit a one-room schoolhouse for a glimpse of prairie life a century ago. Or, camp at the edge of a lake, and let peace and tranquility wash over you.

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Hitchcock Nature Center

Located on the Loess Hills Scenic Byway, this park and wildlife preserve offers scenic views of over 1,000 acres of Loess Hills bluffs and native prairie. Hiking trails, accessible boardwalk trail, lodge, primitive camping, overlooks, wildlife viewing. New modern cabins, RV and tent campgrounds.

Honey Creek, IA Nature Centers

Breezy Hills Vineyard and Winery

Family-owned winery on the edge of the Loess Hills offers a large selection of handcrafted grape and other fruit wines. From this hilltop location, enjoy panoramic views of the countryside and adjacent peach and apple orchard. Wine tasting, vineyard and winery tours, gift shop, special events.

Minden, IA Wineries

lake Manawa Fishing Report

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Glenn Miller Birthplace Home

Glenn Miller Birthplace Home is restored to reflect the time around 1904 when Glenn was born. Highlights include period furnishings, unique features of the home and family photographs.

Clarinda, IA Historic Sites

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Explore 140 years of American railroad history, from the origins of the nation's first transcontinental railroad in 1862 to the advanced technology of modern-day railroading. New permanent interactive exhibit "Working on the Railroad" offers a firsthand look at modern railroading.

Council Bluffs, IA Museums

Bricker Butterfly House

Native butterflies, tropical birds, water feature with tropical koi, seasonal floral displays, and chrysalises in the greenhouse. Gift shop, outdoor garden.

Shenandoah, IA Greenhouses

Ramsey Farm at Lesanville

A 140-acre working farm of the 1930s era. Take a two-hour tour or stay a few days at the Lesanville B & B Lodge or restored 1860s farmhouse. Participate with daily chores, ride horses, milk cows, or gather eggs. Enjoy the Lesanville Village with 1873

Mount Ayr, IA Farm Life

Southern Loess Hills Interpretive and Welcome Cent

Learn about the geography, people, animals and rare plant life in Iowa'

Percival, IA Nature Centers

Squirrel Cage Jail

One of three remaining examples of the rotary cell jails, this three-story brick structure was completed in 1885 and featured a cage that rotated to allow jailers a view of all cells from a single vantage point. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Council Bluffs, IA Jails

Shelby County Historical Museum

See old firefighting equipment, furniture, clothing, two-headed calf, farmstead furnishings and two 100-year-old log cabins.

Harlan, IA Museums

Patriotic Rock

Young local artist paints a new patriotic theme on this large rock each year as a tribute to the armed forces serving our country.

Greenfield, IA Historic Sites

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