Venture off the beaten path and experience the communities that define Iowa. The 142-mile Western Skies Scenic Byway parallels Interstate 80, offering you an easy way to discover all that western Iowa has to offer.
Begin your journey with a history lesson at the Museum of Religious Arts or Harrison County Historical Village and Welcome Center. At the other end of the byway, you'll find a bit of infamous history in Stuart, where Bonnie and Clyde staged their last bank robbery.
Past and present meet in the largest rural Danish settlement in the country, the Danish villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, home to the only working Danish windmill in America. German heritage is also evident in the towns of Westphalia and Panama, where architecturally stunning churches stand. Native prairies, parks and trails will entice you out of your vehicle and into the great outdoors.
Whether you're looking for a change of scenery or change of pace, Western Skies Scenic Byway offers both, while showcasing Iowa's agriculture and cultural heritage.
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Along your route, make stops at these attractions:
Harrison County Historical Village & Welcome Center, Missouri Valley
Museum of Religious Arts, Logan
German Heritage Park, Westphalia
Prairie Rose State Park, Harlan
Danish Villages, Elk Horn & Kimballton
Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids
Saints Center for Culture and the Arts, Stuart
For more detailed maps and information, contact the Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development at 712.482.3029.
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