I’m looking for additional ideas on places to be sure not to miss on our 2020 route. I jotted down highlights at each over night town to get this started … Le Mars, Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, Anamosa, Maquoketa and Clinton and pulled what I could from the web. Suggestions can be historical, scenic, interesting or whatever you’d suggest a visitor might like to see and do along our route. Anything on our route or within a few miles is worth mentioning.
Some of the places I particularly enjoyed in 2019 included The White Pole Road, site of Jesse James train robbery, site where President Truman talked to 100,000 farmers and turned the 1948 election around, “The Black Angel”, Bonnie & Clyde shootout location, Bridges of Madison County, John Wayne Museum.
“Places and Things Along the RAGBRAI Route Not to be Missed” focusing on the eight key overnight stops during the week.
… our starting town and about 20 miles East from the Missouri River … long haul to dip bike tires
Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitors Center … 115 Central Ave. NW
Plymouth County Historical Museum
Le Mars Recreational Trail … starts at the Willow Creek Golf Course and follows the Floyd River for 6.9, 9.0 or 10.5 miles depending on which on-line source is right
Loess Hills National Scenic Byway … we’ll be biking some of this getting out of Le Mars … drove parts of this in 2019 and there are lots of rolling and scenic hills
Chain Saw Sculptures … throughout the area
Heritage Tree Museum … Sunset Park, West Lakeshore Dr.
Harker House … 328 Lake Ave. … 1875 home National Historic Register
Buena Vista County Historical Society Museum & Pioneer Village … 214 W. 5th St.
Witter Gallery … 609 Cayuga St. … art gallery displaying rotating art exhibits
Kings Pointe … water park resort
Awaysis Park … 1409 E. Lakeshore Dr. … kids playground
Lake Avenue & Main Street Shopping
The Fort Museum & Frontier Village
Fort Dodge Grain Silo Muro … Hawkeye Ave. near Loomis Park Dr.
Blanden Memorial Art Museum
Iowa Falls Historical Society … 519 Stevens St.
Nathan Hale Park … statue … Summit Ave. and Portland Ave.
Calkins Nature Center … 18335 135th St.
A few restaurants and bars … nothing notable
Anamosa State Penitentiary … 406 N. High St.
National Motorcycle Museum … 102 Chamber St.
Grant Wood Tourism Center … 124 E. Main St.
Pine Valley Nature Area
Maquoketa Caves State Park … 10756 98th St. … 55 degrees inside year – around
… our ending town
Eagle Point Park … 3900 N 3rd St.
The Sawmill Musem … 2231 Grant St.
City of Clinton Showboat … 303 Riverview Dr.
Bickelhaupt Arboretum … 340 S. 14th St.
Catholic Historical Center at St. Boniface … 2520 Pershing Blvd.
George M. Curtis Mansion … 420 5th Ave.