*The banks of the Big Sioux River roll on by the Hawarden community everyday in one of Iowa’s northwestern most areas. Our visit to Sioux 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!
The Northwest Iowa full-out charge on The T-Bone Trail led us to Sioux County for some big meals, a few primo local parks, and Big Sioux scenery that this area highlights to all its visitors. Let’s gear up for a cabin getaway to the Western Iowa border in Hawarden!
Roadside America & History
We pride ourselves when it comes to combing entire counties when we’re on the hunt for roadside attractions. For this gallivant we didn’t have to travel outside the Hawarden city limits to find these important landmarks we’ll always seek out during our travels!
County parks and rec areas are primed and ready for our getaways, excursions, day trips, exploring, camping and outdoor enjoyment all year long. Big Sioux Rec Area is a vital addition to Hawarden, and it’s where you’ll find visitors enjoying it right along with the folks who call this area home.
Shop, eat, discover and just plain have a great day on Hawarden’s main drag known as Central Avenue. We asked all the communities we were visiting this summer to point us to some unique businesses, and Hawarden came through on this request with a true one of a kind in Western Iowa!
Let’s Eat Steak
Steak night can arrive in many forms when you’re getting the hankering for this classic American meal. You can head to the local steakhouse, supper club, café, greasy spoon or even a slough of our state’s fairs and community events. Let’s not forget about our local taps, bars, taverns and watering holes!
Call it glamping, cabin comfort or anything you want when you arrive to the modern accommodations at Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park. I like roughing it sometimes, but I also look forward to checking into a rural cabin inside the woods of Western Iowa. Guess what? Hawarden has that!
In the nearby town of Ireton, Iowa is where I found one of my all-time favorite types of family businesses. Longtime fans of TIG know that I’m talking about local meat lockers. It was beef jerky time for us at the Ireton Locker!
One of the longtime Sioux County authorities, when it comes to the beef business, is Valley View Feedlots! We travel Western Iowa to absorb the educational aspects of farms like this, and I was grateful to be able to experience a sample of what daily summertime life is like at Valley View Feedlots. Click on the video below and meet our host!
I’ve been to to Sioux County before, but never this far west, and I kept wondering what took me so long to get here. The far reaches of our state have been a key part of our travels throughout the last two summers, and it’s always satisfying to keep exploring our state right up to the vary edges. The people of Hawarden kept up the welcoming ways which reminded me of an important aspect of this community and others like it. They’re the folks that represent this state right off the bat when travers find themselves driving into Iowa. It’s a crucial first impression that out-of-staters encounter, and Hawarden is an excellent community to greet our visitors from any direction, especially when a carload’s home is hours and hours away. It was a pleasure to be a part of Hawarden for a day and observe a positive model for all of Iowa’s towns that call our borders home. They have the important job of welcoming people to Iowa while urging others to stay a little longer on the Big Sioux and beyond.