Majestic views are the hallmark of a trip on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway. Formed by deposits of fine, windblown soil at the end of the last ice age, these are not your average hills. Spanning 15 miles at their widest and nearly 200 miles long down the edge of western Iowa, you'd have to travel to China to see any taller loess formations.
The 220-mile main route and additional 185 miles of excursion loops include panoramas of the Missouri River valley farmland, forested hills and vast grasslands. Scenic overlooks are numerous and there are hundreds of opportunities to get out of your car and experience the Loess Hills.
With so much to offer, it's easy to see why this route has been designated as one of America's National Scenic Byways. Plan your trip to see the beauty of these hills, thousands of years of history and endless scenic views.
Along your route, make stops at these attractions:
Five Ridge Prairie State Preserve, Westfield
Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, Sioux City
Stone State Park, Sioux City
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Sioux City
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Sioux City
Sergeant Floyd Monument, Sioux City
Lewis & Clark State Park, Onawa
Preparation Canyon State Park, Pisgah
Loess Hills State Forest, Pisgah
Harrison County Historical Village & Welcome Center, Missouri Valley
Hitchcock Nature Center & Observation Tower, Honey Creek
Lewis & Clark Monument, Council Bluffs
Mile Hill Lake Scenic Overlook, Glenwood
Waubonsie State Park, Sidney
For more detailed maps and information, contact the Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development at 712.482.3029.
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