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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


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

Abbie Gardner State Historic Site

Abbie Gardner's Cabin is the site of "The Spirit Lake Massacre" of March 8, 1857. Original log cabin with pioneer artifacts, interpretive center and film with Abbie's paintings and 19

Arnolds Park, IA Historic Sites

McCallum Museum and Brunson Heritage House

Civil War display, pioneer artifacts, horse-drawn vehicles, 1908 Sears automobile. Antique clothing.

Sibley, IA Museums

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


Spirit of the Lakes Excursions

Vintage coach and dining cars take travelers through the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes region. Saturday excursions, dessert and dinner trains. Sunday family excursion with meal. Passengers can choose meals or excursion-only.

Spirit Lake, 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

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

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

Central School Museum

Restored 1884 schoolhouse listed on the National Historic Register.

Lake City, IA Museums

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

Explore Northwest Iowa