Prairie Heritage Center, Peterson Iowa
Prairie Heritage Center

Discover a compelling experience where nature, scenery, archaeology and history combine for an exciting road trip opportunity. The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway, a 36-mile corridor will immerse yo in the area's prairie landscape as well as provide unique educational opportunities unlike anywhere else.

Sanford Museum & Planetarium, Cherokee Iowa
Sanford Museum & Planetarium

Where to Go

1. Prairie Heritage Center

Located west of Peterson, Prairie Heritage Center celebrates Iowa's natural wonders. Enjoy the displays, hike the trails, savor the beauty of the wildflowers and engage in bird and wildlife watching. Visitors can also learn more about the unique prairie environment and its protection and preservation.

2. Sanford Museum & Planetarium

Established in Cherokee in 1951, this unique attraction has since welcomed over one million visitors to learn more about archaeology, art, astronomy, geology, natural history and paleontology. This amazing natural science adventure also offers fun programming that will take you to the moon, the stars and neighboring planets.

3. Bogenrief Studios

With a staff that excels as the craft of stained glass restoration and creation, this Sutherland studio has become world famous for their cut and blown glass. Visit for an insider's look at their current projects and witness firsthand the process to create these amazingly intricate works of art.

Where to Eat

1. Juke Joint Grille

Stop in Larrabee for a unique bite to eat from Juke Joint Grille. This eatery offers great lunch specials and mouthwatering prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights. If you're lucky, you might catch some live music too.

2. InnSpiration Vines & Wines

Stretch your legs with a stroll through picturesque vineyards or treat your tastebuds to a sip of amazing wines made by local grapes. This Linn Grove winery started as a bed and breakfast but has since grown into a full vacation destination. There's no better place to unwind than InnSpiration.

Where to Stay

Dog Creek Park

For adventuresome travelers, Dog Creek Park offers an exciting lodging opportunity comprised of multiple grain bins converted into cabins. Located outside Sutherland, these cabins are complete with six queen beds, heat and A/C, walk in showers and full kitchens for a perfectly comfortably stay. Take advantage of the nearby outdoor recreation such as hiking, swimming and fishing.