Family Adventures · Museums and History · North Central Iowa · Roadside Iowa

Fighting Off Winter & Winning in Fort Dodge, Iowa-Part One of Two

Fort Dodge, Iowa: Webster County It’s the last days of winter and you know you’re feeling a little cooped up. You can continue to hibernate or figure out a way to show this long winter how take it on and head into the Spring primed and ready for action and the folks in Webster County want… Continue reading Fighting Off Winter & Winning in Fort Dodge, Iowa-Part One of Two

Family Adventures · Lodging · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · West Central Iowa

The Towering Lauritsen Lodge: County of Audubon-Part 3

*Our stay at the Lauritsen Lodge was complimentary. The opinions expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s get back to gallivanting! Exira, IA: Audubon County Lauritsen Lodge is one of the most unique landmarks you will see in Audubon County and it’s right next to one of Iowa’s most unique roadside wonders.… Continue reading The Towering Lauritsen Lodge: County of Audubon-Part 3

Family Adventures · Roadside Iowa · West Central Iowa

Iowa’s Four Corners, A New Rose w/ Tex-Mex Sunday Brunch: County of Audubon-Part 2

Audubon, IA: Audubon County The area just kept producing one great time after another. This includes a big bucket list item checked off for me that’s right in the middle of my favorite part of Iowa. The off the beaten path destination. Through miles and miles of rural Audubon County gravel roads, you’ll find Iowa’s most… Continue reading Iowa’s Four Corners, A New Rose w/ Tex-Mex Sunday Brunch: County of Audubon-Part 2

Family Adventures · Outdoors All Year · Roadside Iowa · West Central Iowa

The Kayaking Corgi & Iowa’s Most Famous Oak w/ A Side of Chicken Livers: County of Audubon-Part 1

Exira and Brayton, Iowa: Audubon County You need to get out and explore and you know you’ve been thinking about it. There’s a lot to do in those two metro areas I mentioned and both supply a lot of entertainment and fun you’re familiar with. Let’s get out a little and possibly often. There’s so much to… Continue reading The Kayaking Corgi & Iowa’s Most Famous Oak w/ A Side of Chicken Livers: County of Audubon-Part 1

Ethnic Iowa · Family Adventures · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · West Central Iowa

Kringle Craving: 2 Hours In the Danish Villages

The Danish Villages:  Shelby & Audubon Counties  (Our 76th and 77th Counties!) Where do you go when you feel like getting a little Scandinavian culture? What if I told you that you didn’t need an expensive plane ticket to get a taste of the land that gave us the Vikings. I know that you’d ultimately… Continue reading Kringle Craving: 2 Hours In the Danish Villages

#RAGBRAI · Central Iowa · Roadside Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI-2018: The Smiles of Jefferson Are Towering Over the Route

Jefferson, IA: Greene County (Our 74th County!) Highway to Bells is the theme here for RAGBRAI-Jefferson and you’ll see why and hear why from miles away. The town’s most noticeable landmark will be front and center all day and night, and the view of RAGBRAI may never be better. The Mahanay Bell Tower will show you a view, 120 feet up,… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-2018: The Smiles of Jefferson Are Towering Over the Route

Iowa Food · Northeast Iowa · Outdoors All Year · Roadside Iowa

Scenic Sandwiches on the Mighty Maquoketa

Manchester, IA: Delaware County (Our 72nd County!) Near the banks of the mighty Maquoketa River is a little Delaware County deli that overlooks one of Iowa’s premier recreational destinations. We made another Northeast Iowa day trip in search of some of the area’s finest meat lockers for the Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip project and we discovered an overlook that not… Continue reading Scenic Sandwiches on the Mighty Maquoketa

Family Adventures · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · Southeast Iowa · The Mud Belt-Traveling the Mississippi

Cannons of Burlington

Burlington, IA: Des Moines County In between cold spells and snow showers, we figure out ways to get out and see some of the historical landmarks of our state. There is so much history to experience everywhere and for much of it you don’t have to pay a penny to see it. This is just… Continue reading Cannons of Burlington

Museums and History · North Central Iowa · Roadside Iowa · Unincorporated Iowa

Northern Prairie Resting

Winnebago County, IA The obscure history of Iowa is one of the major reasons we started this crazy travel blog and we strive to find it as much as possible. The very phrase “obscure history” may apply to some of the discoveries we’ve found in our travels when it comes to the locals. Why do… Continue reading Northern Prairie Resting

Family Adventures · Museums and History · North Central Iowa · Roadside Iowa

Noel From North Iowa

Winnebago and Worth Counties, IA The yule tide season is upon us and that means another annual Christmas themed road trip for The Iowa Gallivant. Last year we headed north to Decorah and this year we went towards Santa’s workshop again. This time WAY north. Let’s just say there were times we nearly started the Minnesota Gallivant.… Continue reading Noel From North Iowa