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Explore On Your Way & Once You're Here

You're gonna have to drive... so why not enjoy the ride?

Road Trip Time! Coming to North Central Iowa to sleep with the cows inevitably involves the classic American road trip. Whether you are arriving from the North, South, East, or West, here are some great stops on the way!

Biker? History Lover? Ag-venturer? Sports Fan? Find your “thing” to add-on to your visit with the cows. No matter where you’re coming from, you can plug us into Travel Iowa’s trip planner to discover other attractions and fun things to do along the way!

Looking for something specific? Head over to our Blog where you can search using categories & tags for the perfect vacation activity in the perfect place right in our neighborhood!

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On Your Way: Des Moines, Omaha, or Kansas City

We’re 2 hours from Des Moines, 4 from Omaha, and 5 from Kansas City!

North on I-35 and then an hour east on Hwy 3… there’s plenty to see on your way!

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From Des Moines:

  • In the summer, stop for a spin on the Story City Carousel – just like we did on our wedding day!
  • Stop at Rustic Brews in Hampton, about an hour before your arrival, to fuel yourself up with coffee or (everyone but the driver) try their micro-brewed beer!

From Omaha:

  • If you want to jump off I-80 for 6 miles, get off between Exit 64 & Exit 79 and drive “around” the “Tree in the Road”.
  • 6 miles north on Exit 54 explore Iowa’s Danish Heritage with a working windmill tour, learn about the Vikings, and Danish food! Did you know that #DairymanDan’s Grandpa Pete is 100% Danish?
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On Your Way: Minneapolis/St. Paul

We’re 4 hours from the Twin Cities (where Lynn grew up by the way!)

Head south on I-35 and then loop around on Hwy 218 (the Avenue of the Saints).

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On the Way: Chicago

We’re 6 hours from Chicago!

Take the north or south route – there are great stops along the way no matter what you choose!

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Northern Route through Dubuque:

  • As Iowa’s Oldest City, Dubuque has a lot to offer! Take a ride on what’s billed as the shortest, steepest, funicular railway in the world – built in 1882!
  • Stop at the Iconic Field of Dreams movie site – especially on a Sunday! In August of 2020, they’ll be hosting a MLB game at the site!

Southern Route through Quad Cities:

  • Just outside the Quad Cities stretch your legs at the (free!) Iowa 80 Truck Museum.
  • Just south of Exit 271 between the Quad Cities & Iowa City, make a stop for ice cream at Candy Kitchen in Wilton, Iowa. They are on the National Historical Register and have been serving visitors for over 150 years!
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Clarksville–Waverly Attractions

Clarksville is our hometown, less than 10 minutes away and holds:

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Waverly, home of Wartburg College and a bit larger, is a short 15-20 minute drive and holds:

  • The Cedar River runs through the heart of Waverly
  • Main Street crosses the river and is filled with cute boutique shops.
  • Dining options abound – from ice cream & coffee to bars & fine dining.
  • Kohlmann Park, along the river, hosts summer concerts & festivals.
  • Wartburg offers college sports & culture through the year.
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Cedar Valley Attractions

The Cedar Valley encompasses Cedar Falls & Waterloo, about 45 minutes south-east of us. Great places to visit include:

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Charles City-Nashua Attractions

Charles City & Nashua are north of us about 30 minutes.

Charles City holds:

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Nashua Area holds:

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The Great Outdoors

If you’re going to get out of the city, you’d better enjoy all that the outdoors offer:

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Ag-Ventures

If Sleeping with the Cows isn’t enough Ag-Venture for you, try these out:

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Eats, Sweets, & Brews

Whether you want a fine dining experience, locally brewed beer, an ice cream cone while you stroll by the river, or a great cup of coffee, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the area!

Eats:

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Brews:

Beans:

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Festivals, Fairs, & Events

You can #sleepwiththecows year-round, and thankfully there are some great fairs, festivals, and events that happen in our area year-round too. Find out if you’ll visit during one!

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