Hit The Road To Sioux City

Take the family to Sioux City’s LaunchPAD Children’s Museum during a long weekend trip. Photo: Travel Iowa

If you’re ready for a getaway during Memorial Day weekend, you could throw a dart at a map or, better yet, outsource your planning to the experts. The team at Travel Iowa is unveiling a new series of 3-2-1 itineraries, featuring three places to see, two places to eat and one place to stay.

It’s part of a new “Year of the Road Trip” campaign based on research that suggests Americans are itching to travel more than they did before the pandemic, even if they’re not quite ready to hop on a plane.

So consider, perhaps, an overnight trip to Sioux City. You can explore the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, learn how the world works at the LaunchPAD Children’s Museum, and treat yourself to a famous Bing candy bar at the Palmer’s Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe, which opened in 1879.

For something more filling, dig into a bucket of fried chicken from Sneaky’s Chicken or a loose-meat sandwich, some onion chips and a shake from the Tastee Inn and Out, a local mainstay since 1955.

Then sleep it off at the Chocolate Mansion, which the Palmer family built with $12,000 of their candy profits back in 1894. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was recently renovated with various candy-themed rooms. Sweet dreams…


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