Whether you visit by bike or car, the towns along the 2014 RAGBRAI route offer a variety of attractions including the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright hotel left in the world, a legendary wooden roller coaster and wonderful state parks.
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River’s Bend, Rock Valley
Adjacent to the Rock River, the 94-acre River’s Bend area includes a sand beach, access to trails, two catch and release fishing ponds, a sand volleyball court and nearly 100 camping spots.
Wansink Art Gallery, Prairie Schoolhouse and Pioneer Home, Sheldon
Sheldon’s first schoolhouse hosts art classes and activities and houses a gallery with fine art exhibits. The restored pioneer home was also used as a church and hotel.
Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Arnolds Park
The Legend roller coaster rates as one of the top ten wooden roller coasters in the country. Arnolds Park also includes other rides, games and concessions.
Wild Rose Casino and Resort, Emmetsburg
More than 500 slot machines and table games, Dunigan’s Irish Pub and Emmet’s House of Pasta.
Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Titonka
National wildlife refuge offers waterfowl, wetlands, grassland birds, remnant and restored prairie, fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography and interpretive displays.
Pilot Knob State Park, Forest City
Dead Man’s Lake, a four-acre floating sphagnum bog, is the only one of its kind in Iowa and houses the carnivorous Sundew Plant. The tower on “Pilot Knob” is the second highest point in Iowa and offers a spectacular view.
Surf Ballroom & Museum, Clear Lake
Named a historic rock and roll landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Surf is where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper played their last concert.
The last Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel in the world has been completely renovated and restored with brick and terra-cotta façade and art-glass windows.
Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve & Center, Rockford
The preserve includes Devonian fossils dating back 365 million years ago available to take home, native prairie and historic beehive kilns.
Shades of Rhythm Amphitheater in Kohlmann Park, Waverly
Designed by two Iowa State University students, the new amphitheater (opening for RAGBRAI) at Kohlmann Park will feature curved wooden ribs accented with recycled glass.
Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence
Displays of seasonal livestock, renewable energy, farm machinery, classic cars and other items explore agriculture’s past, present and future.
Backbone State Park, Dundee
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Iowa’s oldest state park was dedicated in 1920. Park amenities include picnic shelters, a stone lodge, cabins, more than a hundred camping spaces, 21 miles of hiking and multi-use trails plus cliffs of rugged dolomite limestone to challenge climbers and rappellers.
Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, Guttenberg
The gallery shows work of local artists and sells one-of-a-kind handmade gift items. The second floor art studio provides multiple opportunities for people to learn ceramics, glass and tile mosaic, jewelry making and more.