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Explore the Highway 20 Corridor

contents Attractions across the US 20 corridor will entertain, inform, and delight all travelers

Taste of 20............................................................. 3 Hardin County 4 Hamilton County 6 Highway 20 Map .................................................................. 8 Webster County 10 Sac County 12 Woodbury County 14 Sites/Attractions.................................................... 15


20 has been nationally significant since its inception and is the nation’s longest roadway. Beginning in Boston, Massachusetts, and ending in Newport, Oregon, US 20 traverses rural, urban, and meaningful lands including Yellowstone Park. In Iowa, it begins in Dubuque and stretches across the state to Sioux City, connecting history, commerce, and capitalism.

With a goal of improving access to northern Iowa’s unique sites, industries, and communities as well as increasing safety for the traveling public, the US 20 Corridor Association has been advocating for statewide 4-lane completion for decades. Their goal is in sight with just 30.5 miles to be programmed and built! Learn more about their effort at Attractions scattered across the US 20 corridor in Iowa will entertain, inform, and delight all travelers. Spend time getting to know the sites! From the Julien Dubuque Bridge in Dubuque to the Iowa River Green Belt, Twin Lakes, and beyond to the Missouri River, opportunities abound. You will also see industry including agriculture, renewable energy, manufacturing, and more located on the corridor. Take some time to explore all northern Iowa has to offer!


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Hardin County

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ocated off of Hwy 20 and 5 miles north on Hwy 65, Iowa Falls is nestled on the borders of the beautiful Iowa River in Central Iowa. The river, cliffs, and parks along the river have given Iowa Falls the well-deserved nickname of the Scenic City.

Visitors will find a wide variety of shopping and dining throughout Iowa Falls and in the Historic Downtown District. Rich cultural and historical offerings include Dow House and the Carnegie Ellsworth Building, home of an International Art Collection and Historical Museum.


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Things To Do

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Recreational Opportunities

• Scenic City Empress Public Cruises on Saturday & Sunday and Concert Cruises with live music June through September. • Recreational Trails, Upper Iowa Water Trail, and City Parks along the Iowa River • Meyer Aquatic Center • Calkins Nature Center and Artifact Museum • Two Golf Courses

EVENTS Winter-Fest - in January Easter Egg Hunt

Ladies Night Out - Spring Shopping Event

• Metropolitan Opera Movie Theatre

Shopping Dining & Lodging • 16 Dining Establishments

• 2 B & B’s, 1 Airbnb, hotel and motel lodging • 2 Golf Courses • Coffee Shop • Quilt Shop

Lawn Chair Nights: Live Music in the Bill Riley Band Shell June-Wednesday Nights Riverbend Rally Celebration July 4 Weekend

• Bicycle Shop • Ladies clothing stores • Antiques

Scenic City Car Show Labor Day

• Gifts, floral and décor • Metropolitan Opera Movie Theatre • Community Theatre

Iowa Falls Art Walk

Cultural and Historical

Wine Around Town in October

• Peter Toth Indian SculptureTrail of the Whispering Giants • International Art Collection • Three Historical Museums • Calkins Nature Center & Artifact Museum

Sing in the Holidays with Santa Festival of Lights in Foster Park

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Hamilton County Webster City

Coffee: Mornin’ Glory

Lunch: Gilbert Jewelers

Lunchbox Market

Stay in one of our hotels, cabins, campgrounds or B and B. There are many recreational choices for you: Briggs Woods Park, two golf courses, Little Wall Lake, and many wildlife areas too. Enjoy dining, specialty shopping, events and the escape from your routine!

JB’s Antiques & Variety Osweilers Fashions Produce Station Pottery R Company Upscale Resale Shanti Wellness & Day Spa SOS Vintage The Big Picture Stony Creek Landscapes


our savory meals while visiting W.C.

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Interior Spaces

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ocated on Highway 20, just 12 miles west of Interstate 35, Webster City is easy to find and enjoy.

Welcome to Webster City!

Whoop ti doo’s

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Chicago Style

Chinese: Chuong Garden

Pizza: Leon’s Pizza

Mexican: La Bomba Taqueria

Sports Lounges & Great Food: Grid Iron Family Grill & Sports Lounge Seneca Street Saloon & Pizza

st JunqueFe MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 26 - 28

Things To Do Tours:

Take a driving tour along the Dragoon Trail “The Dragoons had ridden 1,100 miles in slighty over two months (in 1835). They selected sites for two future military posts (Fort Dodge and Des Moines). Lt. Albert Lea’s journal of the trek would be published. It was the first to give usage to the term ‘Iowa’ and is credited with naming our state.

Willson Street Tour Step back in time to the late 1800’s. Who built these homes? Who lived there? What stories could they tell? Find out on this historic walk back in time.

EVENTS Junquefest May 26-28

Jane Young Tour and Kendall Young Library Tour Kendall Young made his fortune during the gold rush and that fortune was given to the city to build a library. Visit the home they lived in and hear the maid’s version of living and working there.

Fireworks July 1st

Active Living:

Music in the Park

Golf at Briggs Woods or the Webster City Links, both public courses and beautiful scenic locations.

Ladies Night Out October 19th

Canoe, kayak, ride, tube or just walk along the Boone River. Enjoy the trail from town out to Briggs Woods and back.

Hamilton County Fair A week filled with 4-H ers, races, fair food and live entertainment. for all event listings and times

Legacy Learning

The Cabins of Hamilton County

Cooking | crafting Art | History | Music & So much More!


Boone River Valley

Remodeld 2016 | Hot Breakfast | Pool w/ Patio Guest Laundry/Business Center

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Webster County Fort Dodge

Find Your Adventure in Fort Dodge


isit Webster County and pursue an adventure to suit your interests. Whether your adventure includes outdoor recreation, the arts, sporting events, or the relaxation

of unique restaurants and shopping, Webster


County offers travelers a variety of enjoyable options only minutes from Highway 20.

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Things To Do Visitors can hit 65 miles of trails

Join us to eat, drink or shop

at Iowa’s largest off-highway vehicle park, Gypsum City OHV Park, throw out a fishing line or enjoy the equestrian trails at Brushy Creek State Recreational Area and float down the scenic Lizard Creek or Des Moines Water Trails while golfers can take a swing at five courses located throughout the county.

at our locally-owned restaurants, wineries, brewery and shops. Great food, shopping and play meet at the Community Orchard & Back 40 Playground, a family owned apple orchard, retail shop, bakery, café and playground. Historic Downtown Fort Dodge comes alive with a variety of unique shops, boutiques, cafés and studios. Search for treasures shopping with the locals at Market on Central, Hillbilly Sales & Flea Markets or the Vintage Market.

Join the action at Rosedale Rapids Family Aquatic Center and Fort Frenzy where water features slides, go-carts, miniature golf, laser tag, bumper boats and a large indoor arcade promise hours of excitement.

Celebrate with our community at the numerous festivals, concerts and sporting events. Whether strolling through vintage cars at Cruise to the Woods, enjoying outdoor concerts, catching a race or watching the Dayton National Championship Rodeo, Webster County events are memorable. For a complete listing of Webster County attractions and events go to

Stroll through the history of the frontier, agriculture, and Webster County at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village, or explore the many Fort Dodge historic treasures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Enjoy a proud tradition of the arts in Fort Dodge. Iowa’s first municipal art museum, the Blanden Art Museum, is located in the Historic Oak Hills Neighborhood. Nature and art combine at Fort Dodge Veterans Memorial Park to honor past and current military personnel. All of this while the performing arts flourish in community theatre productions, concerts and symphony performances.

Request a free Webster County Visitors Guide at or by phone (888) 573-4282.

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Sac County

Make Sac County your “destination for food, fun, & family” on Highway 20! xplore the Sauk Rail Trail, the Sac County Veterans Memorial and Freedom Rock and the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball. Outdoor recreation includes golf, camping, fishing, hunting and the Raccoon River water trail.

The Sac County Conservation Center is located just south of Sac City and is home to Hagge Park along the North Raccoon River. There are approximately 907 acres of wildlife areas, hiking trails, and water recreation across the county. Many recreational opportunities await you at these areas, ranging from biking the scenic Sauk Rail Trail, to walking the wooded trails of Hagge Park, hunting at Whitetail Woods or canoeing the North Raccoon River. There is plenty of opportunity for camping, birdwatching, fishing, hiking and more! Sac County is a popular hunting destination!


The North Raccoon River is a mostly free flowing river surrounded by rural areas in a wooded valley. It is known as a place of solitude and good fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. This stretch has canoe access points, campgrounds, hard surface boat ramp, fishing access, restrooms, drinking water access near river. The Raccoon River Watershed Association has identified 298 bird species. Canoeing this wonderful stretch is a truly beautiful experience where you can enjoy seeing many kinds of wildlife. Black Hawk Lake, this 957 acre lake is the southernmost glacial lake in the United States. The lake offers a wide variety of activities, from camping, boating, fishing and swimming in the summer to skating, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in the winter. Fifty percent of the shoreline is accessible to the public. Black Hawk Lake is a premier destination for recreational boaters. During any given day during the summer season, the waters of Black Hawk are well-populated with boaters, skiers and tubers. There are four boat ramp sites for public access: Town Bay, Ice House Point, 30 Acres Campground and the Marina. There are two beaches with designated swimming areas: Crescent Beach and the 30 Acres Campground. There are many public parks with sand beaches, including Sac Beach on the northeast portion of the lake and Denison Beach on the north side. Black Hawk Lake is also a regular destination for area anglers. Channel catfish, walleye and yellow bass are abundant in many

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Sac Economic & Tourism Development 712-664-2940 • areas of the lake. Watch for the crowd fishing off the West Stone Pier - that means the perch and blue gills are biting! In addition to the Stone Piers, other popular fishing locations include Ice House Point and the handicap-accessible dock in Town Bay. Another local fishing hole is Lake Arrowhead, with public access entrances just south of Lake View. Prairie Pedlar in Odebolt, The Prairie Pedlar is a family-owned garden business in rural NW Iowa. Enjoy more than seven acres of 75+ display gardens, a large refurbished bow-truss barn, a country school house, and five greenhouses open April-October. Amid cornfields and bean crops, a splash of color has transformed the acreage into a magical place where the simple joys of nature are shared and appreciated. The Prairie Pedlar has become a haven for Iowa tourists and another peaceful retreat for area visitors. The Prairie Pedlar provides a beautiful garden setting for outdoor marriage ceremonies.

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Things To Do


Day or Weekend Trip: • Perfect for biking on trails and an all around great family getaway destination. • Great fishing and camping at Black Hawk Lake. Also features miniature golf. • Enjoy a day of golf at one of our two golf courses in the county.

Freedom Rock • The Sac County Freedom Rock, located in Sac City

Taste of 20 • Dolly’s Bar & Grill in Auburn (steakhouse) • Rustic River Winery & Vineyard, L.L.C. (Summer of 2017) • Sac County Cattle Company - in Sac City known for steaks & 2010 Best Burger in Iowa • Ryan’s Bar & Grill - in Lake View - prime rib, steak & sandwiches. • The Bowling Alley - in Odebolt - steaks and sandwiches.

Historical • Chautauqua Building in Sac City, one of only three in Iowa. • Sac County Barn Quilts - 150 Barn Quilts throughout the county. • Sac City Museum and Historic Village • Odebolt’s Heritage Square. • Iowa Rural Schools Museum in Odebolt. • Birthplace of Andy Williams & Northwestern Depot Museum in Wall Lake • Stone Piers on the beautiful Black Hawk Lake .


Gala-Days in Lytton, IA - Memorial Day weekend Sip-n-Sample in Lake View - June 3 Black Hawk Lake Fishing Tournament - June 3 Stone Pier Summer Concert Series: Lake View -

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels w/ special guest Chad Elliot June 3, Brazilian 2wins with Island Time Band July 1, The Black Lillies with special guest Matt Woods July 29, King Of The Tramps with Cordovas Aug 12, Salty View’s Acoustic Review w/ special guest Maddie Poppe Sept (THIS IS FREE LIVE MUSIC RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAKE)


Creek Days in Odebolt - June 17 & 18 Chuckwagon Races at Sac County Fairgrounds - July 1 Chautauqua Days in Sac City - July 1 & 2 Popcorn Days in Schaller, IA - July 7 & 8 Water Carnival in Lake View - July 14-16 Crossroads Days in Early, IA- July 14-16 Sac County Fair- July 26 - 29

Figure 8’s July 26, Wright Rodeo July 27, Tractor Pull July 28, Kid’s Day & Little Texas Band July 29

Farm Festival in Wall Lake - Aug 18-20 Sac County Quilt-a-Fair - September 23 & 24 Visit for Sauk Rail Trail ride listings, other events and details.

• 33 miles of Sauk Rail Trail from Black Hawk Lake to Swan Lake • Raccoon River Water Trail runs 41 miles through Sac County and is perfect for tubing, canoeing or fishing.

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Woodbury County Woodbury County

Things To Do Take advantage of TWO downtown historic districts in Sioux City! • Pearl Street and Historic 4th Streets both offer a great nightlife atmosphere! From local restaurants and bars to martini bars and shops, Sioux City’s two historical downtown districts offer a fun get-a-way!

Sail away on the longest river in North America!

• The Missouri River, otherwise known as the Mighty Mo, marks Woodbury County’s west boarder to the state of Nebraska. From boating and fishing, the Missouri River has plenty of public docks to spend your time with the warm breeze in your hair or catching that bass you’ve been dreaming of for years. Woodbury County also offers many rivers and lakes that are sourced from the Mighty Mo, where you can enjoy a number of water activities including kayaking, tubing and water skiing.


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Spend time reflecting • When you visit Woodbury County, you’ll want to stop at Trinity Heights, located in Sioux City. From a 30 foot stainless steel sculpture of Jesus to a life sized wood carving of the Last Supper, one of only three in the world, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated with your own inner peace.

So much entertainment! • Woodbury County leads the way in entertainment. Whether you choose to visit the Tyson Events Center, the Orpheum Theatre or Hard Rock’s Anthem, entertainment is a guarantee in Sioux City almost every day of the week!

Spend summers at outdoor festivals and fairs! • Saturday in the Park has been a FREE summer concert festival in Sioux City’s Grandview Park for over 25 years! Families may also take advantage of Awesome Biker Nights, Sioux City’s Big Parade and Mardi Gras Festivale, Art Splash and the Woodbury County Fair in Moville, IA.

Sports Lovers Welcome! • At any point during the calendar year, one of Sioux City’s professional sports teams will be playing! The Sioux City Musketeers drop the puck to start their season in the fall, the Sioux City Bandits look for many field goals starting in February until mid-summer and the Sioux City Explorers look to hit one out of the park late spring to early fall. You might also check out the NAIA Tournaments offered in Sioux City, which include Volleyball and Women’s Basketball.

Offbeat Tourist Attractions Along

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Eldora: Twister Movie House Iowa Falls: Peter Toth Big Indian Head Jewell: In God We Trust Menagerie Fort Dodge: Cardiff Giant at Frontier Village Manson: Largest Crater in the U.S. Sac City: Worlds Largest Popcorn Ball Ida Grove: Castles of Ida Grove Correctionville: Fighter Plane Park Sioux City: Giant Jesus & Mary, Tire Man, Steel Statue of War Eagle - Friends of White Man, Flight 232 Memorial, Death Spot of Booze - Hating Churchman, Monument of Lewis & Clark’s only fatality

Dubuque: Gas Station Jesus, World of Checkers Museum, Mini Replica of the Statue of Liberty, Fenelon Place Elevator, Mysterious Portrait of JFK, Dubuque Shot Tower Dyersville: National Farm Toy Museum, Field of Dreams Ryan: Happy Chef - Now an Umpire, Ryan Veterans Living Memorial Brandon: Worlds Largest Frying pan La Porte City: Auto Thrill Show Memorabilia Waterloo: John Deere & Engine Museum, National Wrestling Museum, Sistine Chapel in Spray Paint, Replica WW1 Trench

The Iowa Freedom Rocks along Dubuque: Epworth Freedom Rock - 191 Jacoby Dr. E, Epworth, IA 52045 Delaware: Coming soon - location to be announced. Buchanan: Coming soon - location to be announced. Black Hawk: Cedar Falls Freedom Rock - 1405 Bluff St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Grundy: Conrad Freedom Rock - 104 E Grundy Ave., Conrad, IA 50621 Hardin County: 517 Main St., Ackley, IA 50601 Hamilton: Coming soon - location to be announced. Webster: 129 A St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501 Calhoun: Rockwell City Freedom Rock - 419 Main St., Rockwell City, IA 50579 Sac: 301 Main St. Sac City, IA 50583. Ida: Coming soon - location to be announced. Woodbury: Coming soon - location to be announced.

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