2017 Best Between Bread · Iowa Food · Southwest Iowa

The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 51, Creston

Creston, IA: Union County (Our 65th County) The last days of summer drew Team Goodvin to a region of Iowa we’ve traveled to many-many times before. SW-Iowa has been been a destination for The Iowa Gallivant since our early days of this travel blog and that won’t be changing. Not ever. We write about the splendor of Iowa… Continue reading The Best Between Bread-Iowa’s Sandwich Masters: Locale 51, Creston

Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · Southwest Iowa

Forgotten Iowa Meets the Ax

Villisca, IA: Montgomery County (Our 39th County!) A couple months ago, I signed on to be a speaker at Iowa History Day in a little SW-Iowa town organized by The Forgotten Iowa Historical Society. When I heard which town the conference would be in, I knew I had to go. There’s many reasons to make a trip… Continue reading Forgotten Iowa Meets the Ax

Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · Southwest Iowa

Iowa’s First Aisle with a Helpful Smile

Beaconsfield, IA: Ringgold County (Our 37th County!) I remember countless Sundays with my Mom at the North Dodge Hy-Vee in Iowa City. I ordered the same thing every time from the “Deli”. Half order of biscuits and gravy, two sausage patties, and two eggs scrambled. Since then I have evolved my order but not by much.… Continue reading Iowa’s First Aisle with a Helpful Smile

Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Museums and History · Outdoors All Year · Roadside Iowa · Southwest Iowa

Johnny Carson & the BBQ Battle

Corning, IA: Adams County The birthplace of Johnny Carson is becoming a complete summer destination more and more every year. The ample amount of camping options, fishing opportunities, and scenic Iowa landscapes, and an incredible Main Street District. Why am I not talking about the BBQ yet? Let’s eat! I had the opportunity to be a… Continue reading Johnny Carson & the BBQ Battle

Family Adventures · Outdoors All Year · Southwest Iowa

Iowa State Parks-A Quick Dip at Lake of Three Fires

Lake of Three Fires State Park-Bedford, IA: Taylor County (Our 33rd County!) You’ve see those brown signs on the side of the road as you’re road tripping through Iowa, pointing to public areas. How many times have you passed them and wondered what was just a few miles down the road. “Maybe some other time” you… Continue reading Iowa State Parks-A Quick Dip at Lake of Three Fires

#RAGBRAI · Family Adventures · Iowa Icons · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · Southwest Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI 2016-Shenandoah in Full Bloom

Shenandoah, IA: Page County (Our 30th County!) Another longtime friend of RAGBRAI is gearing up for another round of riders rolling through in July. Summer is a great time to visit Page County, and the annual two-wheeled invasion of Iowa has made the area even more busy. Overnight #2 is loaded with history and ready to make more… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI 2016-Shenandoah in Full Bloom

#RAGBRAI · Roadside Iowa · Southwest Iowa

Scouting RAGBRAI 2016-From Lewis & Clark to the Bike Brigades: Discovering Glenwood

Glenwood, IA: Mills County (Our 29th County!) I always ask people to tell someone who’s been on RAGBRAI that Iowa is a flat state. You’ll get many degrees of responses immediately. And you’ll more than likely never say that again. One of the most hilly areas of Iowa is the staging point for this year’s greatest annual bike… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI 2016-From Lewis & Clark to the Bike Brigades: Discovering Glenwood