The Marvelous Iowa Town You Must Visit This Summer

The town of Spencer, Iowa made’s annual list of “America’s Best Small Towns” for 2017. Smithsonian went looking for towns with exceptional history, natural beauty, and local culture. They then narrowed their list by identifying towns that are, “especially worth making the trip this year.”

Spencer is located in Clay County in northwestern Iowa near the Minnesota border. It’s a town of just over 11,000 people. It’s also a certified cultural district in the State of Iowa.

Here is just some of what makes Spencer a very special small town:

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

If you decide to visit Spencer, take note of Clay County’s amazing trail system. The 10.5-mile paved trail is great for biking, walking, and running. You can access the trail at E 18th Street and 10th Avenue E or W 18th Street in Stolley Park.