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Designation: Iowa State Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 140 Miles (233.33 Kilometers)

General Information

Description - Looking to broaden your horizon? Look no further than the Western Skies Scenic Byway. Here you will find larger-than-life horizons, colorful prarie sunsets, rolling meadows, and picturesque rivers. Lose yourself in the miles of Americana as you explore and find Danish villages, and real windmills, apple orchards, and nature preserves.

Attractions - The Western Skies Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : The byway is located in the western section of the state. It traveles through the counties of Guthrie, Audubon, Shelby, and Harrison.

To Drive the Byway

  • The eastern end of the route begins in the community of Stuart in Guthrie County.
  • From Stuart, travel north on county road P28.
  • At the community of Panora, the byway turns onto SR 44.
  • The byway travels along a ridge top through Guthrie Center and Hamlin.
  • At the community of Kimbalton take a quick side trip through Elk Horn on SR 173.
  • Turn around and continue on SR 44.
  • Follow the signs as they direct travelers past Jacksonville to Harlan.
  • At the city of Harlan, the route branches into a loop.
  • Taking the northern portion of the loop on Highway 59, turn onto county road F-32.
  • Travel on F-32 through Westphalia, Panama, and Woodbine.
  • Follow F-32 south to the community of Logan or to the south part of the loop on SR 44. Taking SR 44, travel east, passing Portsmouth and returning to Harlan. Continuing on F-32 drive to the community of Logan.
  • From Logan, travel to the end of the byway on Highway 30. The Loess Hills can be seen from Missouri Valley at the end of the byway.

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    Additional Information:
    Iowa Scenic Byways - Iowa offers two National Scenic Byways, Great River Road and Loess Hills Scenic Byway, close to ten state designated byways, the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.
    West Central Iowa Travel Region -

    Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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