Tucked away beside the bustling 8th Street Corridor—a district known for its shopping and dining—Prairie Heritage Park is an oasis of calm and serenity at the center of an otherwise bustling town. Stepping into the park, you feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new world, even though you’re only a block away.
This weekend, a local Shiba Inu took her owners on a spin through Altoona to sniff out the best doggie destinations in town! They explored a dog-friendly hotel, a pooch-approved bakery and a dog park with an obstacle course and a fire hydrant—the perfect place for a pit stop. Grab a leash and explore Altoona today!
In a season when most of us are stuck inside, winter cycling is a great way to get out and explore the community. To help you get started, we sat down with Altoona resident Doug McCloskey—a member of the Altoona Road Riders bike club, who has been riding for 25 years—to learn his top tips for winter cycling.
On a snowy winter evening, the Visit Altoona team hopped in the car, grabbed some peppermint cocoa and drove through the famous Jolly Holiday Lights—open now through January 3rd at Adventureland.
Altoona, Iowa is known for our quirky charm, delicious dining, cozy fall shopping and high-stakes entertainment. But here’s a not-so-secret secret: Some of the greatest destinations in Altoona cost $0.00 and come with complementary monkey bars and sledding hills.
Leave the car keys at home; cycling is the best way to see Central Iowa! We recently spoke with husband-and-wife cycling duo Vern Willey II and Vickey Willey at the Altoona trailhead of the Vern Willey II trail. The trail, of course, is named in honor of Vern.
Ever met a 12-foot praying mantis? You will at the Enabling Garden, a hidden gem tucked away near the Altoona Hy-Vee, just off the Vern Willey II Bike Trail. “Off the Beaten Path” is sponsored by the City of Altoona.