Western Skies Scenic Byway

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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