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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

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

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

George Bicentennial Museum

Pioneer tools and farm items, household displays, musical instruments, military uniforms, local history information.

George, IA Museums

Plymouth County Historical Museum

View antique musical instruments, Civil War-era log cabin, schoolroom, barber and beauty shops, 1940s café, machinery and blacksmith shop, 1940s car and airplane. See military room, religious heritage room, restored 1925 gymnasium/auditorium and Westmar College memorabilia. Learn about the area'

Le Mars, IA Museums

Albert City Historical Museum

View depot, 1900s-era home, military room, small grocery store, laundry room, tool shop and 1875 furnished schoolhouse. Early 1900s cars, music boxes, glassware figurines, railroad memorabilia and medical instruments displayed.

Albert City, IA Museums

Calliope Village

A re-creation of Sioux County's first county seat, which was raided in 1872. Records and the county safe were taken to Orange City, the current county seat. View the safe and 15 buildings, some original to the 1800

Hawarden, IA Museums

The Kaleidoscope Factory

Watch woodturning demonstrations and see kaleidoscopes being made. Features guest artist the second Saturday of each month.

Pomeroy, IA Factories

Calhoun County Museum and Machinery Exhibit

A former school houses 34 rooms and displays of antique furnishings, birds and animals, vintage clothing and an old-time post office and bank. Horse-drawn machinery is displayed in two adjacent buildings.

Rockwell City, IA Museums

WinnaVegas

More than 630 slot machines, progressive slot machines and video poker; 14 blackjack tables; craps, roulette, six-table poker room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet, full-service menu, snack bar, lounge.

Sloan, IA Casinos

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

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