Treasures in N. W. Iowa…

To share a little bit more about the area in which I live. Here are some places to visit in Iowa!

Thirty miles from me is the town of LeMars, Iowa. LeMars is the home of Wells Blue Bunny – the ice cream capital of the world! They make nearly 500 different flavors of ice cream. The company was started in 1913 delivering milk, but in 1925 they began to make ice cream and is the largest and privately run ice cream maker in the US. To read more on their history: http://www.wellsenterprisesinc.com/about/history

Orange City is a small, dutch community and each year they hold their Tulip Festival. The town is adorned with beautiful Tulips in the spring and many townspeople come out dressed in dutch attire with wooden shoes. They offer many fun events during their celebration. This originated in 1933 and happens the third week in May. To read more about this event: http://octulipfestival.com/

The Prairie Pedlar is a beautiful 7-acre garden and greenhouse near Odebolt, Iowa. They offer tours, lectures on gardening, a kids club, a gift shop, and places in the garden where weddings or class reunions can be held. There are 75+ garden displays to view, a large refurbished bow-truss barn, a country school house, and many other buildings to tour and enjoy! It is a magical place with splashes of colors that one can enjoy nature. It is a haven for Iowa tourists and a peaceful retreat! To learn more check out their webpage: http://prairiepedlar.com/index.html

Sioux City, Iowa is home of many places to check out – this was where Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only man to die on the expedition, was laid to rest – there is a Sergeant Floyd Monument on the gravesite. There is a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, family friendly with free admission, there is the Sioux City Museum, Sioux City Art Center, Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation, Siouxland Historical Railroad Museum, and many more places to visit and explore! It is the largest city located in N.W. Iowa with a population of nearly 83,000. Money recognized Sioux City in its August 2010 issue of “Best Places To Live” Forbes placed the Sioux City metro in the Top 15 Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers and MSN.com ranked the area the #2 Most Livable Bargain Market. For more information on this city: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sioux_City,_Iowa

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