*It was a day of hitting plenty of parks and paths when we stopped in Humboldt County! We were in te middle of a long stretch of the T-Bone Trail and I thought it would be a good idea to see miles of the area on foot and through the trees. Our visit here was sponsored by Western Iowa Tourism. Some of the meals, goods, and services were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
I’ll admit that I’ve driven past more of Iowa’s walking trails then I’ve ever attempted to utilize. However, I wanted to change that in a big way in the summer of 2021. We managed to stay very active on the Western Iowa T-Bone Trail and one of the most calorie burning days was in Humboldt County. Make me earn that steak supper! This NW-Iowa community certainly came through on this request.
You’re going to hear a lot of references to Des Moines in this blog post and none of them pertain to our state capital. Humboldt County is one of several counties that this historic waterway goes through and we followed its banks for most of the day. The Des Moines also happens to be my favorite interior river in Iowa and I couldn’t wait to explore more of it up here in NW-Iowa! We start in Dakota City….
That’s an impressive way to introduce Humboldt County when you’re seeking to stay active. On its own, Three Rivers Trail would usually have been enough for when it comes to a scenic stroll during our Gallivants. And this was the second time that this trail has made it on our travel blog this summer! However, we need to keep up the pace…
I immediately put Rose Mill Park on my list of campsites I want to stay at in the future. The thought of hearing the river cascade down the spillway while I doze off sounds unbelievably therapeutic and relaxing to me. It was another wonderful way to go up and down the rocky banks which helped my imagination sore on the Des Moines.
Frank Gotch seems to be following us around! When you’re a juggernaut in Iowa’s long history of great wrestlers, you get a lot of things named after you. I wonder what I would need to do for a state park namesake. It’s a little too late for a career with the rest of the cauliflower ear nation….Or is it?
That’s just some of the ways you can see Humboldt County on foot and I was very grateful to have made it happen. I have seen miles and miles of my favorite river, but before this day I never explored the banks from NW-Iowa. And as you saw from above, Gigi and Frank could have been buddies. I think I deserved a steak today…
Let’s Eat Steak!
Just up the road from Bicknell Park is the main business district of Humboldt and 716 Main! You are about to encounter a great atmosphere and plenty of ways to keep you fed in a huge restaurant!
There’s a lot of ways and cuts to get a steak and sometimes it’s good to go with the classics. 716 Main grilled up a lean yet juicy 10oz Sirloin. Cooked just they way I like it and it went well with several bites of their potatoes au gratin. Which is a side you don’t see offered everyday and that means I nearly leapt for the hot skillet when I watched them get delivered from the kitchen. Sautéed fresh green beans, buttery Texas toast and a lot of good tunes being played from the speakers as we enjoyed our meals at 716 Main. You know what else this place has to offer? Keep scrolling!
And now we relax. Relax in a very nicely positioned AmericInn & Suites-Humboldt! Centrally located for a lot of what we wanted to do in town and with a fun and friendly staff to interact with. They kept up the good vibes the entire time we were here and that is always so very awesome to experience after a long day of Gallivanting like crazy!
We enjoyed our stay and got into everything they had offered here at the AmericInn & Suites-Humboldt. Very clean, great beds, hot showers after a summer day outdoors, tasty breakfast, and plenty of reasons for us to check back in another day. I loved how it was located and the crew got me to smile whenever I talked to them. AmericInn, I would do it again!
My second time in Humboldt, Iowa and my second trip to Caribbean Coffeehouse! There was no way I was leaving town without visiting here.
The Humboldt County day was a long one and I mean that in a good way. It felt like we stretched out a beautiful summer afternoon and extended the evening with swimming and relaxing at the hotel. Getting out in the trails was a great way to stay active and I truly appreciate a this area of NW-Iowa in a different way than we usually do. And I can’t tell you how fulfilling it was to explore the Des Moines River like we did. There’s so much scenery and natural wonders all over Iowa and that’s something I’ve said many times before. Humboldt County gave us a gift of their own unique ways to spend a day outdoors. I really wish I took a bite of Charlie’s mac-burger…..
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