Another Iowa river town, Sioux City offers stunning views of the water and surrounding forests along with award-winning attractions. Check out this itinerary for your Sioux City area inspiration!
Day One: Live Like a Local
Do: Cone Park
For an exciting outdoor adventure, head to Cone Park for a variety of experiences. Race down the summer tubing hill, cool off in the splash pad, hike the two-mile loop trail, attend a yoga class or compete in a cornhole competition.
Do: Trinity Heights Queen of Peace
Next, slow it down and admire beautiful landscapes at Trinity Heights Queen of Peace. This attraction features 16 acres of beautifully maintained grounds and gardens alongside stunning 30-foot sculptures of Mary and Jesus and a life size wood carving depicting the Last Supper.
Eat: Tastee Inn and Out
For dinner, dinner, head to Tastee Inn and Out to feast on their homemade burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, onion chips and ice cream. They’re especially known for their loose meat sandwiches, which have been a staple since the restaurant opened in 1955.
Stay: The Chocolate Mansion
Call it a night and check in to infamous Chocolate Mansion for a night of luxury. This immaculate boutique hotel welcomes guests into the 1894 Victorian family estate, which is included on the National Register of Historic Places list for both architecture and historic categories.
Day Two: Discover Area Gems
Eat: SweetWater Café
Start the day off right with a coffee and breakfast or lunch from SweetWater Café. This chic café invites guests to enjoy their collection of signature specialty coffees, hearty soups, savory sandwiches, fresh salads and sweet baked goods. Keep an eye out for delicious daily specials.
Do: Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
After a hearty meal and energizing coffee, expend some energy on the two+ miles of hiking trails at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, or find even more trails at nearby Stone State Park. Catch a natural history program or explore hands-on exhibits about the Loess Hills geological formation, native plants and animals displays.
Do: Sioux City Art Center
Then, stop by Sioux City’s award-winning art center to admire a collection from Iowa and world-renowned artists. Their permanent collections are accompanied by rotating exhibits to ensure every visit offers something a little different.
Eat: Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe
Before hitting the road back home, stop by Palmer’s Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe. This unique attraction shares the history of the Palmer Candy Company and retired candy making equipment in its museum. Meanwhile, the shop sells popular treats like homemade brittle, gourmet truffles, roasted nuts, chocolate snorkels, La Fama chocolates and the infamous Twin Bing.