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Glenwood to Muscatine in 420 Miles!

The summer of 2016 brings the unique RAGBRAI® event to the Hawkeye State. Held July 23rd to the 30th, the 44th annual race will course roughly 10,000 riders through central Iowa.

The 2016 RAGBRAI® route spans central Iowa, stopping in eight, overnight cities. This year’s RAGBRAI® participants climb over 18,000 feet past Iowa cities like Creston, Centerville, Washington, and more. This is RAGBRAI's® third shortest route, and the 24th flattest in history.

The XLIV route starts in Glendwood on Sunday, July 23rd, and covers 420 miles to the finishing town of Muscatine. Here’s to touring small-town Iowa on two wheels for RAGBRAI XLIV®. Find your favorite spot in central Hawkeye State – filled with scenic lakes, historic sites, and of course, bike-friendly roads in summer 2016.

2016 RAGBRAI Route

Courtesy of the Des Moines Register

Glenwood to Shenandoah

July 24 | 49.7 Miles | 2,614 Feet

There are many ways to familiarize yourself with Iowa before hitting the road. When in Glenwood, check out the Mills County Natural History Museum and the Glenwood Courthouse Square, or get on the green at the nine-hole Glenwood Golf Course.

On the first day of RAGBRAI® 2016, your 50-mile ride to Shenandoah brings the beautiful scenery of southern Iowa. Shenandoah itself is a historic city, home of the Earl May Seed Company, The Everly Brothers, Charlie Haden, and Jessie Field Shambaugh (the 4-H founder).



Shenandoah to Creston

July 25 | 75.2 Miles | 3,994 Feet

Monday leads us 75 miles to Creston, a former railroad town with a classic small-town America atmosphere. Take a break from the pedal and check out Creston's Municipal Complex – a restored 1899 train depot now housing the Creston: Arts Gallery, the Model Railroad Club, the Mayor’s office, and much more.

Continue your history lesson of Creston, Iowa at the Union County Historical Village in Mckinley Park.

Creston to Leon

July 26 | 58.5 Miles | 3,318 Feet

It’s roughly 60 miles to Leon – the smallest (yet arguably the most scenic) overnight town on the 2016 RAGBRAI® route. Leon is known for hosting the annual Leon Rodeo – a multiple winner of Iowa's Rodeo of the Year award – at the Decatur County Fairgrounds in July.

This is an outdoor lover’s town, as Leon offers the Little River Recreation Area, Slip Bluff Park, Nine Eagle State Park, and the nine-hole Leon Golf & Country Club.


Courtesy of the Des Moines Register

Leon to Centerville

July 27 | 65.1 Miles | 2,708 Feet

After a 65-mile ride, we’re in Centerville – a historic mining town known for the beautiful Appanoose County Courthouse (the backdrop of a couple films). Centerville is the hometown of famed Iowans like Francis M. Drake, Madison M. Walden, and Simon Estes.

Visitors to this southern Iowa town are met with quaint shops and eateries along Main Street, lots of festivals, and Honey Creek Resort State Park on the 11,000-acre Rathbun Lake.

Centerville to Ottumwa

July 28 | 53.2 Miles | 1,999 Feet

Another 50-mile stretch brings us to Ottumwa – a popular presidential stomping ground in the Des Moines River Valley.

A historic town, Ottumwa features the Historic Railroad District, the Court Hill Historic District, and the Fifth Street Bluff Historic District.

Home to Twin Galaxies (an organization tracking video game world records), Ottumwa is known as the "Video Game Capital of the World." The town also has various connections to several television shows and movies, including M*A*S*H and Rosanne (and is the hometown of Tom Arnold).



Ottumwa to Washington

July 29 | 68.5 Miles | 2,541 Feet

Almost 70 miles later and we’re in Washington – our second to last stop on the 2016 RAGBRAI® route. Hop off your rig and check out Washington Square for cute shops and eateries.

Be sure to visit Sunset Park (a beautiful green area with playground equipment and the Washington-Steele Family Aquatic Center) and downtown’s Central Park (hosting festivals, concerts, and farmers’ markets). 

Washington to Muscatine

July 30 | 49.7 Miles | 1,314 Feet

Our final stretch is 50 miles long and lands in Muscatine – the only city with that name in the United States. Known as the Pearl of the Mississippi, Muscatine offers the Riverfront area on the Mississippi River, the Muscatine History & Industry Center, the Muscatine Art Center, and the historic Weed Mansion.

Get an eyeful at the Mark Twain Scenic Overlook, or stroll through the Pearl Button Museum. Dip your tire in the majestic Mississippi River and reflect on another great year with RAGBRAI®.

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Best Western Hotels Along the 2016 RAGBRAI® Route:


Best Western Plus Omaha Airport Inn

2510 Abbott Plz, Carter Lake IA 51510-1579
Phone: +1 402-505-4900  |  Fax: (402) 345-4600  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Crossroads of the Bluffs

2216 27th Avenue, Council Bluffs IA 51501-6953
Phone: +1 712-322-3150  |  Fax: (712) 322-6233  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Fairfield Inn

2200 W Burlington Avenue, Fairfield IA 52556-2634
Phone: +1 641-472-2200  |  Fax: (641) 472-7642  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Mt. Pleasant Inn

810 N Grand Avenue, Mount Pleasant IA 52641-3107
Phone: +1 319-385-2102  |  Fax: (319) 385-3223  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Pearl City Inn

305 Cleveland Street, Muscatine IA 52761-5669
Phone: +1 563-316-7700  |  Fax: (563) 794-4224  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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