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Vacation Ideas

May 10, 2016
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

I can't quite believe it was just three weeks ago that I?returned from a mini-vacation to Nashville. Despite the 13-plus hour drive each way, crazed traffic and complete and total lack of parking in the downtown, it was a great adventure and as I said before, a place I will go back to again.

But, there are folks who perhaps don't have the luxury of weeks at a time for a vacation, or maybe need to do a day-trip here and there to break up their Summer. Since Friday's weather gave us that taste of Summer, or so we hope, I did some looking online and found

10 Strange Places You Can Possibly Go In Iowa

1. Galleria De Paco, Waterloo

If you've always wanted to visit the Sistine Chapel, but just don't have the kind of money for a costly trip to Europe, we have your solution. A graffiti artist named Paco Rosic bought an abandoned warehouse in Waterloo and recreated Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling. Then he turned the place into a restaurant, which you can now go eat at.

2. The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, Riverside

For anyone who has ever seen Star Trek, you will know that Captain Kirk is from Iowa, he just works in outer space. And according to the show, he will be born in Riverside, Iowa in about 213 years.

3. The Hobo Museum, Britt

That's right, a whole museum dedicated to hobos, and it's right here in Britt, Iowa. Britt is also home to the National Hobo Convention and the only Hobo Memorial in the world. Every year, the town has a Hobo Days festival where they crown a hobo king and hobo queen.

4. Zombie Burger, Des Moines

Have you ever wanted to eat a burger, but also be surrounded by the undead? Well Zombie Burger is just the thing for you! The restaurant itself is filled with zombie-themed decor, and their food is to die for - no pun intended.

5. The World's Largest Popcorn Ball, Sac City

Sac City, Iowa is home to the worlds largest popcorn ball, which weighs 3,100 pounds. This record-breaking ball of popcorn is worth the visit if you're ever in the area.

6. The Ice Cave, Decorah

This cave in Decorah is frozen all year round, due to the glacier it sits on, though it tends to start melting during the summer. Unlike many of the others on this list, this unique and weird destination in Iowa is one that is completely natural.

7. The Squirrel Cage Jail Museum, Council Bluffs

The Squirrel Cage Jail Museum in Council Bluffs is an old jail turned museum, where visitors can see the only 'squirrel cage jail' on this side of the Mississippi.

8. Mars Hill Church, Bloomfield

Just southeast of Ottumwa is the Mars Hill Church, which is the oldest log cabin church west of the Mississippi River. The church and surrounding area have a somewhat creepy history. Near the church is what the locals call Cry Baby Bridge. The story goes that many years ago, a young woman had her baby baptized in the church and then for some reason, walked to the bridge and threw in into the water, drowning the child. Legend says that on certain nights, you can hear the sound of a scream while crossing the bridge. Now the area is notorious for ghost, and even UFO, sightings.

9. Maharishi University, Fairfield

Specifically, the Golden Dome of Pure Knowledge and the Maharishi Tower of Invincibility are two very unique things to see at the university, which focuses a lot of their teaching on meditation guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's idea of Transcendental Meditation.

10. The tree in the road, Cass County

The big tree in the road separates the border of Cass County and Audubon County, and is one of Iowa's many weird and wacky wonders that you must see at least once in your life.

There's your list, Happy Trails!



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