*The inaugural Western Iowa T-Bone Trail had to make its last stop at some point. I was so glad to have this wonderful set of NW-Iowa communities closing it out. Our visit was sponsored by Sac Economic and Tourism Development. Some of the goods, services, and meals were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
There is no way I can accurately count how many times I’ve had Sac County’s roads under my tires. Tons of getaways to see family in the town of Early, exploring Historic US Route 20 (Old 20), and short visits on road trips heading to who knows where. Sac County has been a part of my life since I was an infant and I couldn’t have been more excited to have this area being the closing act to the greatest Western Iowa promotion ever. The inaugural Western Iowa T-Bone Trail started in Cass County and a few months later we crossed county lines into Sac. Our 34th and final destination on this beefy expedition. Let’s get started!
Roadside Attractions & History
Western Iowa has an amazing amount of roadside wonders. NW-Iowa seems to have highest concentration of these quick picture taking opportunities. Then you have a county that feeds into the road tripping imagination like glorious professionals. If you’ve traveled to Sac County then you’ve traveled to what is Iowa’s premier destination for roadside attractions. This NW-Iowa county is LOADED with so many ways to get you adding onto your roadside dream list with a head spinning frequency. Let the passengers do the head spinning cuz the driver needs to stay focused. Get comfortable with your foot on the brake pedal when you’re in Sac County! Click on the video below and meet one of the local artists that’s getting more travelers doing that braking…
Sac City is an Old 20 town and they are beautifying their beloved community with an incredible amount of public art. Park the car and walk the town for a self guided tour of a roadside-America haven! And make sure that smart phone is fully charged…
There’s a lot of small towns that do city parks in a BIG way. Sac City is one of those towns I’m talking about with Chautauqua Park. Keep those sneakers on and the phone revved up because this place will keep you active and educated the entire time you’re here on the banks of the Raccoon River.
Sac City May have the most of Sac County roadside attractions, but they’re not only ones that produce these magical moments around here.
Lake View is what I call Iowa’s most underrated lake towns. The main attraction is, and always will be, this southernmost glacial lake in America, but there is a lot more to of this city that want you can do on the water. Let’s start with the roadside attractions!
Take a look at the daily forecast because you’ll want to keep those kayaks, canoes, and fishing boats at the ready this fall. This is a fantastic recreational lake that has a fantastic crew that tends to the campground. Watch the video below and keep scrolling to see what this town and Black Hawk Lake features!
Our second trip to Hagge Park on The Iowa Gallivant, and it was just as enjoyable as the first. Dense woodland with scenic trails ahead!
If you’ve been following The Iowa Gallivant over the years then you know how much we enjoy this family of hotels. Cobblestone Inn & Suites-Lake View has Black Hawk Lake within walking distance of the patio just outside our room. This was without a doubt the best view we’ve experienced at all the Cobblestones we’ve stayed in.
Lake View is a growing tourist destination and it’s nice to know that they have a beautiful and fantastic Cobblestone Inn & Suites to help bring in the masses. The beds are always comfortable and the staff was helpful and kind once again at this property in Lake View. I loved the short distance to Black Hawk and how it was just a few minutes of a drive from all of Lake View. This was an excellent hub for us in Sac County! But we’re not done showcasing this county yet….
Let’s Eat Steak
How many trips have you taken to your local bowling alley in your life? At any time did you ever devour one of the finest Ribeyes at your local kingpin establishment? Odebolt, Iowa is home to their own bowling alley, but theirs has a very unique twist to it. Watch the video below from The Bowling Alley at 401 South Des Moines Street in Odebolt!
Lively crowd and some premium service to go with all the delicious food at The Bowling Alley! I love it when I can sit with a bunch of locals that are proud of their hometown restaurants. You could tell that the area’s faithful enjoy flocking to The Bowling Alley. Where can I rent a pair of shoes?
I can’t believe I’m about to write the last closing paragraph from the collection of participating counties on the Western Iowa T-Bone Trail. It was a project of a lifetime and it was so personally fitting to have the trail come to its finale in Sac County. So much of my life has been spent here in this NW-Iowa community and I still managed to explore places that I’ve never been to. I’m very proud of all the public art on display and the preservation of Sac’s history. Lake View’s boundless opportunities when it comes recreation and entertainment was so inspirational to see, and I know the positive momentum will keep going in its future.
For years when someone would mention Sac County I would think of Grandpa’s pipe smoke and Grandma’s fried chicken. My mind would go to days playing with cousins for hours at a time and Christmas gatherings. I still think of all those times, but now I have so many more memories that can go with all the rest of them. I have the T-Bone Trail to thank for that. No matter what, I will always still have family in Sac County and all of Western Iowa. Bless all of you…
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3 thoughts on “Sac County & Its Beefy Trailhead: Massive Amounts of Public Art & Iowa’s Most Underrated Lake Town”
Wonderfully written and depicted so many attractions that people may not be aware of. Grew up in Lake View – so proud of this community. Thank you