*There’s Northwest Iowa and then there’s NORTHWEST Iowa. It’s where the prairie and plains can be experienced in a beautiful and historic way, and all with plenty of restaurants! Our visit to Lyon County was funded and sponsored by the Western Iowa Tourism Region. Some of the services, meals and goods were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
Season 2 of The T-Bone Trail brought us back to the Northwest corner of Iowa and the area of our state that opens up to travelers with its own unique scenery. From the Rock River, Rock Rapids, Little Rock and communities in between……Well, you could say that Lyon County really rocks!
Lyon County won the championship when it came keeping us active this summer. Nearly 10 miles on my step tracker in just one day! Let’s take a look at where this Western Iowa march took us!
Stay More Active
I’m telling’ya! Lyon County kept us busy and active during the whole trip. We found our way back to Lake Pahoja Rec Area and more of the area’s walking trails near Inwood.
Just down the blacktop from both Minnesota and South Dakota is Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort! This was our second time checking into this fun loving resort, and they made sure everyone was having a great time. Parking lot was get fuller and fuller and it was fantastic feeling when I could relax in style. Thanks for hosting once again, Grand Falls!
Stay Active Again
The miles keep racking up in Lyon County! One of the most scenic hikes I took all year long was at Blood Run National Historic Landmark.
Let’s Eat Steak
We’re back to Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort for a gourmet steak dinner. It’s always a good bet to go all in at Ruthie’s Steak & Seafood!
Keep Being Active
Just down the road from Blood Run National Historic Landmark is Gitchie Manitou State Preserve. Hikers, kayakers and folks who love to get the canoe on the water make their way to this preserve on the Big Sioux River. The banks will take you to the watery borders of Iowa and South Dakota the entire time.
Roadside America & History
Rock Rapids, Iowa is one of the best cities in the Midwest for public art lovers. Murals a plenty all around the Lyon County seat with many of them giving roadside attraction seekers a glimpse into the history of Rock Rapids.
We naturally gravitate to museums when we want to get a taste of local history. Keep that habit going, but they’re not the only buildings that house some of a county’s precious historical nuggets of knowledge.
Rosie’s story is one of the most fascinating local businesses stories you’ll ever hear about in Iowa. Haitian materials like jewelry, artwork, clothes, stationary, the vary coffee you order along with so much more can be purchased here. These products are made by the people of Haiti which helps create incredibly needed jobs and revenue streams to a country’s people who sorely need these opportunities.
We had the pleasure to visit two farms while in Lyon County. This area is home to a lot of Iowa’s beef producers, and it’s always rewarding when they can take some time to show us around!
We spanned much more of Blood Run and Gitchie while we were in Lyon County, and this was my main goal. That and experiencing more of the areas restaurants! Those trails, grasslands, sunny horizons, old trees, animated wildlife, streams and rivers seemed to call out to me. Hearing the soft prairie breeze supplies moments that I can only feel in Lyon County. There’s still a lot to keep exploring and discovering here and I want to set my heading for more of Lyon’s beauty.
Make your reservations for Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort on their website.