Midwest Travel Bloggers Recommend: Mason City, Iowa


The Midwest is full of hidden treasures. Did you know that Mason City, Iowa, is often referred to as River City? A community filled with music, nature, and architecture. Mason City is located in North Central Iowa, approximately 30 miles south of the Minnesota border. In case you are wondering, I-35, Highway 65 and Highway 18, are the three major highways that run near River City.

Mason City’s pride and joy is Meredith Willson. In fact, the Grammy award winner was born in Mason City.

Music Man Square MuseumThe tradition of music lives on in this small town, year after year. The Mason City High School choir is an award winning choir; year after year.

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the numerous hiking trails that follow rivers, streams and outstanding birding opportunities. With four seasons, you can only imagine the variety of opportunities available. Cross country skiing and snow shoeing are two outdoor sports that keep people moving during the middle of winter.

Architecture enthusiasts will adore Mason City. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright properties are numerous. The beauty of touring these properties in this North Iowa community, is the fact that you will not fight bumper to bumper traffic to experience the stunning architecture. Mason City is also proud of the fact that they are home to the last known hotel in the world that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel

And as you know, food is a major part of any destination. If you want one of the world’s most flavorful steaks, this is your destination. If you enjoy a variety of Mexican foods, this North Iowa community also offers a taste of Mexico. One would never know that a “Michigan” sandwich could bring your taste buds to life in Iowa.

We love the fact that Mason City is located part way between Minneapolis and Des Moines. Located in the heart of America. Omaha, Kansas City, Sioux Falls and Chicago residents, can find themselves in Mason City, in a relatively short period of time.


We know that you will love this warm, welcoming North Iowa Community. Do you want to learn more? Here are our Top 10 Things To Do In Mason City, Iowa.

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