If you are on the hunt for a unique place to visit on a road trip, then I got you covered! Here, you’ll see why I think you should visit Pella , Iowa and the places I stayed, visited and dined when I was there!
In September, my husband and I made the trip to Pella, Iowa from Cincinnati, Ohio to visit some of his relatives. Originally, I wasn’t excited to have to drive through the Midwest to a small town in Iowa. But, after visiting, I’m so glad I had a chance to visit!
Iowa doesn’t have Uber or Lyft, so if we wanted to visit anywhere in town that required us driving, we needed to have our own transportation! So, we chose to pack up our car and hit the road!
In this post, I highlight some landmarks you need to visit while you, and why this tiny town should be on your travel bucket list!
WHERE IS PELLA?
Pella, Iowa is forty miles southeast of the state’s capital, Des Moines. If you already have to drive through Des Moines to reach your destination, it will only take you about 45 minutes to visit Pella!
See for yourself on Google Maps.
WHY VISIT PELLA
Pella is such a unique town hidden in the Midwest with a lot of Dutch ancestry. You can see the Dutch influence in the architecture and with the people.
From the banks even to the gas stations, it’s easy to see what makes this place so unique. I’ve never seen buildings that have looked like this. I definitely don’t know if I will ever see this many windmills again!
WHAT TO SEE IN PELLA
Some of the things you would see in Pella looks like what you would see in Holland, not in the middle of Iowa! If you get a chance to go, then you HAVE to see these these landmarks.
- The “Molengracht” or a Dutch word for mill canal. This ran from the hotel I stayed at (described below) to the other side of downtown.
- The “Vermeer Mill” this REAL windmill was built and shipped from Holland. They actually mill flour here that the town uses in local bakeries!
WHAT TO DO IN PELLA
If you happen to be on a road trip through the Midwest in May, then you MUST visit! The town has what’s called “Tulip Time”.
This is a time when all the tulips bloom in the spring and they hold a festival around it! Check out these pics of Tulip Time from Pella.org!
WHERE TO STAY IN PELLA
I stayed at the “Royal Amsterdam” in downtown. The hotel and service was normal for a hotel, but what makes it stand out is the exterior!
This is definitely a place to put on your list if you’re looking for quirky, unique places. Sometimes huge places like LA or New York City is the perfect destination. But, if you’re looking for a unique place to visit that doesn’t have quite as much hustle and bustle then America’s Dutch Treasure should be on your list!
Have you ever visited Pella or Iowa? Or, What fun small towns have you visited recently? Let me know in the comments!