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Visiting Central & Western Iowa

Iowa emerges from winter to welcome spring visitors with a wealth of ways to have fun. Warmer weather means more opportunities for outdoor exploration – including visits to the Hawkeye State’s countless historic sites and one-of-a-kind attractions. What’s more, communities from Cherokee and Fort Dodge to Council Bluffs and Des Moines are gearing up for more special events, festivals, and family-friendly activities than ever before. It’s a great time to experience western Iowa.

The 2016 Color the Wind Kite Festival has come to be known as the largest winter kite festival in the midwest. On February 20th, the Downtown Seawall in Clear Lake hosts a day of colorful fun, including kite stunt performances, live music and entertainment, and local specialty food offerings. There will also be a wide variety of kites available for purchase.

The blossoming spring means it’s a great time to get out and explore Des Moines’ attractions like the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on foot. Families won’t want to miss a chance to check out the Blank Park Zoo, where many animals are popping their heads out for the first time after hunkering down all winter.

Fans of college basketball bounce over to the Iowa Events Center, March 17th through 19th, for the first and second rounds of the 2016 March Madness Basketball Tournament. In addition to the games, the NCAA Division I Men’s basketball competitions feature all kinds of festivities and fan fare. Check the schedule for individual tip-off times.

From basketball to billiards, the 50th Annual Midwest 8-Ball Championship draws some of the best pool players in the country to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. It’s a tournament spanning four days, April 21st through 24th, and spectators are welcome to witness the tense action as the players work the english for their chance at a variety of enviable prizes.

Make your way to Sand Lake in Marshalltown for a competition the whole family can enjoy on April 23rd. The 2016 Urban Trout Stocking & Family Fishing event is part of an effort to inspire safe, urban fishing efforts across the Midwest. It’s a great way to teach the kids your tried and true techniques while enjoying a beautiful spring day on the lake. Lines are cast at 11 a.m.

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11 Best Western Hotels
in Central & Western Iowa

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    Altoona Inn

    Altoona

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    University Park Inn & Suites

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    Omaha Airport Inn

    Carter Lake

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    La Grande Hacienda

    Cherokee

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    Holiday Lodge

    Clear Lake

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    Des Moines West Inn & Suites

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    Crossroads of the Bluffs

    Council Bluffs

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    Starlite Village

    Fort Dodge

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    Pioneer Inn & Suites

    Grinnell

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    Regency Inn

    Marshalltown

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    Norseman Inn

    Williams

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Central & Western Iowa Events

February 2016

February 20, 2016
2016 Color the Wind Kite Festival

Known as the largest winter kite festival in the midwest, Color the Wind featured plenty of thrilling entertainment and kite stunt performances. There will be food and kites available for purchase as well. The festival is at Downtown Seawall in Clear Lake.

March 2016

March 17 & 19, 2016
2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball

The first and second rounds of this season's March Madness basketball tournament will be played at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Basketball fans – check the schedule and don't miss the madness this spring.

April 2016

April 21-24, 2016
50th Annual Midwest 8-Ball Championship

Some of the country's best 8-ball billiards players will compete at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. Spectators are certainly welcome.

April 23, 2016
2016 Urban Trout Stocking & Family Fishing

Sand Lake in Marshalltown hosts a day of family-friendly trout fishing in an effort to inspire safe, urban fishing efforts across the Midwest. Bring the family and enjoy a calming day of trout fishing starting at 11 a.m.

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