5 Southwest Iowa mini vacations you should know about!

By TS Bank
Published: Jun 16, 2016 4:05:00 PM
Topics: Community

“Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.”
- Field of Dreams, Universal Studios

You don’t need to leave southwest Iowa to have a fun weekend getaway. Check out these five different mini vacation spots you should know about!

Lake Manawa located in south Council Bluffs, Iowa.

1. Lake Manawa

Lake Manawa - located in Council Bluffs - has an abundance of outdoor activities. With its location just at the edge of the city you can enjoy the outdoors while having urban convenience. You can relax during a weekend of camping with the family while visiting the beach, picnicking, and much more! From boating to biking, this state park has just about everything you could want from a mini-vacation!

Check out Iowa’s DNR website, and be prepared to mark your calendar for an outdoor getaway!


2. Lake Icaria

Located off Hwy 148 just north of Corning, Iowa, sits Lake Icaria. Enjoy 650 acres of lake with two campsites and 14 rentable cabins. Spend your weekend camping alongside the lake while fishing, boating, hiking or picnicking at one of several nature observation sites!

To learn more or book your cabin visit Travel Iowa’s Website here.

Participants of the Road Race, an event at Atlanticfest in Atlantic, Iowa.

3. Atlanticfest

You don’t want to miss this free event! Taking place August 13th in Atlantic, Iowa, Atlanticfest is a day full of activities for the whole family! Activities include: a road race, car show, motorcycle show, tractor show, craft fair, activity booths, and much more.

For more information click here to visit the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce website


4. Loess Hills

Have you ever wondered why they are called the Loess Hills? Come learn the history of how these iconic and prehistoric hills located between Sioux City and Council Bluffs were formed! Throughout the 100 miles of Loess Hills, stop by several attractions such as: Hitchcock Nature Center, Loess Hills State Forest, Loess Hills Lavender Farm and Honey Creek Creamery. 

To learn more and start planning your adventure visit Travel Iowa’s Website Here.

Wabash Trace, a 62 mile trail between Council Bluffs and Blanchard, Iowa.

5. Wabash Trace

A bike trail stretching for more than 62 miles between Council Bluffs and Blanchard, Iowa, Wabash Trace is definitely a scenic route. The trail can be used for a variety of activities, from walking, biking and fishing to equestrian and winter cross-country skiing. You can even make your journey a weekend adventure and camp along several of the stops!

Learn more about the Wabash Trace on their website by clicking here!

Written by TS Bank