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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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Armstrong Heritage Museum

Thousands of items from the early days of Armstrong and Emmet County, including veterans' display.

Armstrong, IA Museums

Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Museum

Recording studio, musical instruments, period costumes, posters, pictures, awards, jukeboxes, music artifacts and the Hall of Fame Wall of Honor.

Arnolds Park, IA Museums

Living Heritage Tree Museum

One of the largest tree museums in the United States, this Storm Lake city park is dedicated to planting documented seedlings and cuttings of trees associated with famous people or events. Walking tour guide available at the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Storm Lake, IA Museums

Camp Algona POW Museum

Camp Algona housed up to 10,000 German prisoners of war from 1944 to 1946. A 70-foot linear display tells the story of this camp and its effect on the military and civilians in Algona. Weapons exhibit, World War II uniforms and artifacts, and displays of poetry, paintings and woodcarvings.

Algona, IA Museums

Harker House

This 1875 house has original furnishings and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Storm Lake, IA Historic Homes

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

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

Wansink Art Gallery, Prairie Schoolhouse and Pione

Art gallery offers monthly exhibits, fine arts and music reference libraries. Sheldon's first schoolhouse is the site of art classes and community activities. The restored pioneer home was also used as a church and hotel.

Sheldon, IA Exhibits

Orpheum Theatre

Newly restored 1927 Rapp & Rapp theater offers a variety of entertainment events, including symphony, Broadway shows, movies, and conferences.

Sioux City, IA Theatres

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

Clark Museum of Area History/Clark's Antique Acres

View thousands of historic photos and memorabilia from the Iowa Lakes region. Antiques from the farm, home and yard.

Milford, IA Museums

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