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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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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

Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center

LeMars is home to Wells' Dairy, makers of Blue Bunny Ice Cream. Family-friendly museum provides a look at the history of ice cream and the history of Wells' Dairy, including a simulated production exhibit. Enjoy the 1920

Le Mars, IA Museums

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

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


World's Largest Popcorn Ball

This 3,100-pound popcorn ball set a new Guinness world record when it was created in 13 minutes by 40 volunteers in 2004. Seven feet tall and 23 feet in circumference, the popcorn ball is housed in its own buildling beside the Sac County Museum.

Sac City, IA Exhibits

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

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

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

Sioux City Bandits Indoor Football

National Indoor Football League team plays at Sioux City Municipal Auditorium.

Sioux City, IA Football Teams

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