Progress: The joys of local tourism

Published 2:16 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Top of Iowa Welcome Center is a rest area with a twist: a barn appearance and specialty stores within. — Tim Engstrom is the website where the Iowa Tourism Office lists things to do, attractions, landmarks, recreation and historical routes.

The Worth County Historical Society sign has a historical look to it.

Here are attractions listed for Lake Mills and Northwood:

• Country School Museum, Lake Mills.

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• Family Aquatic Center, Lake Mills.

• Promise of America Monument, Lake Mills.

• Top of Iowa Welcome Center, Northwood.

• Worth County Historical Society Museum, Northwood.

Here are some gems within driving distance:

• Hobo Museum & Hobo Gift Shop, Britt.

• Lady of the Lake, Clear Lake.

• Winnebago Industries Visitor Center, Forest City.

• Fort Musuem & Frontier Village, Fort Dodge.

• Lime Creek Nature Center, Mason City.

• Fossil & Prairie Park, Rockford.

• St. Ansgar Heritage Museum.

• Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

• Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center, Le Mars.

• Red Barn Model Railroad Museum, Dundee.

• Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah.

• Little Brown Church, Nashua.