Iowa Attractions December 31, 2017
by Rachel Morey Flynn 10 Hidden Attractions Locals Keep To Themselves In Iowa
There may be a few places on this list you haven’t heard of. Here are 10 attractions that aren’t well-known to people who live far away.
1. Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee
Enjoy exhibits on geology, history, paleontology, art, and archaeology at this amazing little-known Iowa museum. Admission is free.
2. Harmon Tunnel in Pammel Park, Winterset
This 100-foot-long tunnel was dug by hand in 1858. It’s since been widened and reinforced. The park is full of fun trails and is a great place to spend the day.
3. Okoboji Classic Cars
It’s the ultimate destination for gear heads, people who love classic vehicles, and anyone who wants to experience, "the ultimate man cave."
4. Sutliff Bridge, Solon
It’s definitely off the beaten path. You’ll love the laid-back vibe of the restaurant, here. The scenery is breathtaking.
5. Ledges State Park, Boone
This gorgeous park is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon hiking and just enjoying the scenery. The view from Lost Lake Trail is divine.
6. Salisbury House & Gardens, Des Moines
Tour this amazing historical site any time of year. Built in the 1920s, this home is a fabulous representation of life during this time.
It may not be world-famous, but the Dutch town of Pella is an amazing little hidden gem in Iowa. They have a real canal and a working Dutch windmill.
8. The Ice Cream Capital of the World in Le Mars
A party without ice cream? That’s just a meeting.
Head over to the small town of Le Mars in northwestern Iowa to see the ice cream museum, check out the amazing flavors, and bask in the glory of Iowa-made ice cream. The factory is right here. Blue Bunny is the largest family-owned ice cream manufacturer in the country.
9. Lady of the Lake, Clear Lake
Yes, northern Iowa has a cruise ship! Go for a 90-minute cruise around gorgeous Clear Lake. You can even rent the boat and throw a proper party for your family and friends.
10. Camp Tahigwa, Dorchester
It’s 315 acres of some of the best trout fishing and most beautiful wooded area in the state. You’ll love it. The DNR purchased the land early in 2017 for public use.
Ready for a road trip? What other hidden attractions does Iowa have to offer?
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