Iowa May 04, 2017
9 Hidden Places In Iowa Only Locals Know About
Want to visit the places in Iowa that the locals know about, but don’t seem to get much widespread media attention? Here are our favorites:
1. There's a giant lavender farm in Loess Hills.
This farm loves to host visitors. They are open May through October Thursdays through Saturdays from 11am until 5pm and Sundays from 1pm until 5pm. You'll find the Loess Hills Lavender Farm at 2278 Loess Hills Trail in Missouri Valley, Iowa. It's a bit out of the way, but you'll see plenty of purple flags and signs to help you get there. For more of Iowa's secrets, check out this article:
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2. Wapsipinicon State Park is located at 21301 Co Rd. E34, Anamosa.
3. This outdoor live music spot is amazing, but they sell out fast! Codfish Hollow is located at 5013 288th Ave., Maquoketa. Iowans travel from miles around to see sold out concerts in this one-of-a-kind venue.
4. Harmon Tunnel is located in Pammel State Park at 1900 Pammel Park Road, Winterset. It's Iowa's only highway tunnel.
It's directly on state highway 92, just west of Winterset. It pierces the natural limestone ridge that is over 100 feet high and provides access to Pammel State Park. The park itself is worth a visit, as well. Plan to stay awhile. Here's more info on our tunnel:
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The Small Town In Iowa You've Never Heard Of But Will Fall In Love With
Eldora is an Iowan town that fewer than 3,000 people call home. Many of the buildings there, including the amazing courthouse, are on the National Historic Register. There's a gorgeous state park on the edge of town, and the rich history of this place will make you glad you took the time to visit.
6. Butch's River Rock Cafe is located about 10 minutes southwest of Mt. Pleasant. You'll make your way on a remote road from the main highway to get there. Locals know it's worth the trip.
7. El Supper Burrito is a great little Mexican restaurant that not many people outside of its Cedar Rapids neighborhood know about. When you are in the area, be sure to stop by.
8. Seeing the incredible Crystal Lake Cave 5 miles south of Dubuque doesn't require any hiking.
9. Locals know the approximate location of buried treasure. Local legend says Red Brussels' money is undiscovered.
He lived in a log cabin on one of Trumbull Lake's small islands. Unfortunately for him, a group of townspeople tracked their stolen horses back to his home and took care of the problem by hanging him nearby. Brussels' hid his stolen money well and very little was uncovered at the time. Many Iowans still believe he carefully hid his cash and valuables in the area around his home.
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Are you a native Iowan well-versed on the best secret locations in your area of Iowa? Let us know in the comments if you are willing to share!