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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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Spirit Lake Camping

Marble Beach State Park – Stretching for more than a mile on the west side of Big Spirit Lake includes a campground region with 224 available sites as well as a sandy beach for fishing and family water sports. 712.336.4437

, IA Camping

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

Lakes Art Center

Permanent and traveling exhibitions showcasing local, regional and national artists. Foreign and classic film series, interactive gallery, gift shop, and performing arts theater.

Okoboji, IA Art Centers

Trinity Heights

Thirty-foot stainless steel statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Peace, stands above circular walkways with gardens and prayer stations. Two-acre outdoor cathedral area features 33-foot-tall stainless steel statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and more than 30

Sioux City, IA Shrines

Prairie Log House and Country School

1871 log cabin of Scandinavian construction overlooks lake and park. Also visit 1872 Elk Township one-room school and annual flower gardens.

Storm Lake, IA Historic Homes

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

Victorian Museum on Main

The crown jewel of Emmetsburg's many Victorian homes. Built in 1883 by a prominent member of the community as a wedding gift to his daughter, the home is part of a four-building museum complex.

Emmetsburg, 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

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

Lewis & Clark: An American Adventure

Permanent exhibit of original Lewis & Clark mural paintings at Southern Hills Mall. Includes 38 mural scenes stretching 296 feet in length and depicting scenes along the trail from start to finish. The most extensive collection of original Lewis & Clark paintings.

Sioux City, IA Exhibits

Arts on Grand

Art Center with exhibit gallery, gift shop featuring Midwestern artists, classes and workshops. Special art events throughout the year.

Spencer, IA Arts

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