*The largest metro area in Western Iowa is the Sioux City area, and we covered a ton of ground in this great American town and much more throughout this huge county! Our trip to Woodbury County was sponsored and funded by the Western Iowa Tourism Region. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
Highway 20 was my route into Sioux City coming in from the east. However, not just the main drag of HWY 20 that shows up on your map. It’s good to wander off and get a little history lesson of the state from time to time, and you’re not required to get out of your car sometimes. Just staying on a certain historic path gives you a view into Iowa’s past. I headed onto Historic US Route 20 (Or Old 20), for much of the stretch into Woodbury County, to see some areas I haven’t visited in quite awhile. Mainly because I wanted an insane amount of coffee!
That’s how you get the party started in Woodbury County, but you could use a refill. A quick change of scenery and all of a sudden you’re in Downtown-Sioux City! You know there’s going to be a coffee option here!
Coffee is a wonderful thing and it’s without a doubt on my top 5 list of enjoyments that make my travels so enjoyable no matter where I go. Tacos are right up there and especially when they arrive in breakfast form!
Roadside America & History
Traveling Old 20 through Woodbury County will bring you to Correctionville with its bevy of roadside attractions. A great welcome sign and service stations that take you back in time are just a few of the roadside pieces of Americana you’ll find. Then there’s what we stopped for below!
The Sioux City area has been one of Iowa’s most important and historic regions for hundreds of years. Even before this NW-Iowa city existed. Time for a history lesson on the river!
Don’t worry about getting into your car for awhile in this historic section of Sioux City. All along the banks are ways to stretch your legs and continue your Western Iowa site seeing!
The Avid Hotel in Downtown-Sioux City was the Woodbury County-HQ for our T-Bone Trail expedition! This colorful, modern, and down right awesome hotel was perfectly positioned for our day in Sioux City and Woodbury County.
The Sioux City area is jam packed with museums and I was lucky to have the chance to see some of them in the short time I had. I first headed off to see a museum that needs an airplane hanger to showcase its collection. True story!
Back to Downtown-Sioux City and another museum on my list. You can accumulate a lot of miles on foot, while touring this district, and your step counter is going to keep going up when you visit the Sioux City Public Museum!
“Legendary” is one of the words that stuck out from folks who described the restaurant I was going to for a lunchbreak. Tucked inside a Sioux City neighborhood is the iconic Miles Inn and their legendary Tavern sandwiches!
Let’s Eat Steak
Later that night we embarked into the Loess Hills for another popular restaurant the locals can’t get enough of. There’s also a legion of visitors that are discovering this little community that’s home to giant sandwiches at the Oto Pub & Grub!
Those were some tasty meals you saw from the metro area of Sioux City to a rural outpost in the Loess Hills. Our travels are always filled with unforgettable restaurants, but we also look for scenic opportunities to stay active. Woodbury County has no shortage of natural wonders to enjoy!
Activate Your Sweet Tooth
Another way to get a taste of Sioux City history is by stopping into Palmer’s Candy Company! There will always be time to visit this candy shoppe….
The morning came and so did one of the best complimentary breakfast meals I’ve had at a hotel. Avid’s modernization of this concept was on delicious display!
The staff on every level did a fantastic job at the Avid Hotel. The room was exactly what I needed, the decor was impressive, and breakfast was hot and plentiful. Be on the look out because this isn’t the last we have to show you from Avid Hotel in Downtown-Sioux City!
On our way back to Iowa City, we stopped at a place I knew well. A T-Bone Trail stop from 2021 was in order and a return trip to the Fireside Steakhouse & Lounge in Anthon, Iowa!
Holy smokes that was a an entertaining, scenic, historic, delicious, and satisfying Gallivant through Woodbury County! A pleasant whirlwind into Downtown Sioux City, exploring rural NW-Iowa, cruising down the byway, museum hopping, old highways and discovering more of my beloved Loess Hills. If you look at Woodbury County on a map, you’ll notice that we still have hundreds of miles of this massive county to still see. An impressive journey into this area will be on the horizon once again!
Make your reservations for Avid Hotel in Downtown-Sioux City on their website.