Dutch immigrants settled in this town in 1847 and it is now where many architectural sites are located. The Vermeer Mill continues to work today and is the tallest working windmill in the United States. One of the best places to see in Pella is Molengracht Plaza, where a canal winds through the shops, restaurants, theatre, and more. The Dutch heritage of the area is celebrated every year in May during the Tulip Time Festival.
The Amana Colonies are seven villages that were built by German Pietists. The names of the seven villages are Middle Amana, Amana, South Amana, Homestead, West Amana, High Amana, and East Amana. This small town relies on tourists, who love to shop in the numerous stores and galleries, as well as enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.
The town of Bentonsport has not changed much over the years except for fewer people living there. Inside the historic district, people will find a blacksmith shop, Bentonsport General Store, churches, homes, the I.O.O.F. Hall, and the historic bridge. The bridge was built in 1883 and is the oldest wagon bridge on the Des Moines River.
The town of Decorah is larger than some of the other towns in the state and there are many unique natural features that fill the area. Visitors can see Dunning’s Spring, the Ice Cave, and Siewers Spring, as well as multiple parks that were built on the bluffs. The largest Norwegian museum in the United States is in Decorah, and everyone will want to see the numerous exhibits inside the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. Every July, Nordic Fest is held in town to celebrate the culture and traditions of the Norwegians.
Dyersville has always been known for farming and it is now known as the Farm Toy Capital of the World. In June, the town hosts a farm toy show and then in November, they host the National Farm Toy Show. Many people visit the area to see the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, which is one of the only minor Roman Catholic Basilicas that is not in a larger city. The movie, Field of Dreams, used Dyersville as the background for their baseball field.