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Southwest Iowa, Iowa

Southwest Iowa

Southwestern Iowa exudes its western flair with a championship rodeo and superb game hunting. Visit a one-room schoolhouse for a glimpse of prairie life a century ago. Or, camp at the edge of a lake, and let peace and tranquility wash over you.

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Lake Manawa Beach

There is a specific beach area at the lake. There are restrooms, playground, picnic areas and refreshments close or near the beach area. The lifeguarded beach requires an admission fee.

, IA Beaches

Swedish Heritage & Cultural Center

Artifacts, documents, photos and text depict the journey of Swedish immigrants to the United States and southwest Iowa. Six rooms of exhibits portray life in the Swedish settlement. One-room restored country school.

Stanton, IA Cultural Centers


Goldenrod School

Birthplace of 4-H movement. Specializes in "Country School Classes" for young and old.

Clarinda, IA Historic Schoolhouses

Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel

Casino with more than 1,200 slots and 30 table games. Hotel, convention center, rooftop restaurant, buffet, diner, and lounge.

Council Bluffs, IA Casinos

Heritage Hill Tour

Self-guided walking or driving tour. Homes along the route boast the elegant architecture of Victorian mansions. They are privately owned and not open to the public. Brochure available from Chamber of Commerce.

Red Oak, IA Tours

Mid America Motorplex

Auto racing, bike racing, drag racing, concerts, car shows.

Pacific Junction, IA Motorplexes

Iowa Walk of Fame

Ninety tile plaques are integrated into the new Sheridan Avenue Streetscape, honoring those individuals born in Iowa or those who lived in Iowa and had a significant impact on our state, nation and world.

Shenandoah, IA Walk of Fames

Sweet Vale of Avoca Heritage Museum

Large taxidermy collection of animals from all over the world. Historical displays, collection of 1899-2005 Danish plates.

Avoca, IA Museums

Lewis & Clark Monument and Scenic Overlook

Monument honors the expedition of Lewis & Clark in 1804 and their historic, strategic meeting with the Otoe and Missouri Indians. Capture an expansive westward view from this historic point. Dedicated in 1936, it is located in a city park.

Council Bluffs, IA Scenic Views

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