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.
From giant pumpkins and toasty deals, to live horseracing and seafood feasts, these are the top things to do this weekend in Altoona, Iowa.
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.
Peak summer is a precious time in the Midwest. In a place where more than half the year is sweater weather and 35 degrees is considered borderline shorts temperature, a day that’s actually warm enough to melt an ice cream cone is a rare and magical thing.
Altoona might be the greatest place to explore Iowa’s great outdoors.
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.