*The SW-Iowa region opened up the second season of the T-Bone Trail with Mount Ayr and company ready to join in on this beef filled adventure! Our travels in Ringgold county were sponsored and funded by the Western Iowa Tourism Region. Some of the meals, lodging, and services were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
The Southern Iowa road trip can yield countless beautiful scenes and provide some wonderfully memorable small towns. Especially when you’re traveling on HWY 2 and into Western Iowa. That brings us to Ringgold County where gallivanting would be the specialty all day long!
Shop-Up in Mount Ayr
The Mount Ayr town square is home to an array of popular businesses with one of them specializing in supporting dozens of Iowa products. You can shop local, buy local, and support small businesses in Ringgold County and all over Iowa at Rayr Market!
Another “only place in Iowa” experience is near Kellerton where you can behold one of the state’s most amazing grasslands. Wide open prairie, unforgettable skies and a birding haven in Ringgold County. Get ready to do a prairie chicken dance!
I always like to give folks a reminder about the convenience of small towns in Iowa and beyond. We’ve done the shopping and birding, and now it’s time to see my comfortable accommodations that’re less than 5 minutes away from the square!
There’s so many reasons to thank our farmers because our daily lives can’t go on without them. This includes the tourism industry that I’m so connected to. I had the pleasure of meeting up with the folks of Hoover Angus Farm and received a tour of their rolling pastures. Let’s take the ATV and check on the cows!
Roadside America & History
Call me a buff! Go ahead, I don’t mind. Restaurant buff, travel buff……You get the point. I’m also a roadside attraction and history buff especially when I can experience both of them at the same time. Get in, everyone…We’re heading to Beaconsfield, Iowa! Population: 15…..
Ellston, Iowa may be a small community, but it’s storing a huge amount of SW-Iowa history. Open the doors because I’m ready for another round of education and this time from Bob Swanson of the Ringgold County Historical Society at the Pioneer Museum!
The roadside attractions kept popping up all over Ringgold County. I just got on the road and kept going and stopping for photo-ops with turn after turn.
The night was going to arrive at some point and with it came more beauty. Natural and historic all at the same time. The unforgettable evenings await in SW-Iowa…..
It was my second time visiting Ringgold County since we started The Iowa Gallivant in 2014. This time I was able to explore a lot more of this area, and I saw why so many of its residents have faith in this collection of proud SW-Iowa communities. New businesses hugging up to established institutions on the square. Preserving important local history in museums and monuments that are always calling out to another carload of visitors. The longtime farming families supplying beautiful acres of opportunities while incoming entrepreneurs show eagerness to produce their own opportunities with each open sign displayed in their windows. Exploring the state like this can give you a whole new look at what it means to be welcomed, and it truly unveils the spiritualism of travel. I could use a few more rounds of Ringgold over and over again.
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