From Northwest Iowa’s Great Lakes resort region takes you straight into the great outdoors and right into the pages of American history. Family fun runs the gamut from the Inkpaduta Canoe Trail to the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Missouri River, from a rough-hewn frontier fort at Fort Dodge to a jewel-encrusted grotto at West Bend.
The crossroads of the American West is full of natural wonders. Here you can explore the rare Loess Hills, drive Western Skies Scenic Byways, and watch millions of waterfowl at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge. Or you can climb inside Elk Horn’s Danish windmill, shop for antiques in Walnut village, or find luck at Council Bluffs’ casinos.
Travel the trail of Mormon pioneers, Swedish immigrants and French colonists who settled this corner of Iowa. Southwest Iowa invites you to swing to Big Band sounds in Glenn Miller country, fish silver lakes crowded with walleye and bass, bag your limit of pheasants, hike the Loess Hills, and catch rodeo fever at Sidney’s Championship Rodeo.