Sioux City, IA
Iowa
By Molly M. Watson

Sioux City, Iowa sits at the head of the Missouri River in northwestern Iowa and has served as an important center of commerce and transportation as well as a stop along the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Today Sioux City remains a bustling town that offers visitors a rich history to explore as well as many more modern additions to contribute to the culture and entertainment available here.  Forests, meadows, and the Missouri River all nestle around and within this city contributing to its appeal and natural beauty.  

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The Lewis and Clark expedition came through Sioux City in 1804 and remains an important piece of the history here.  The expedition’s only death that of Sergeant Charles Floyd occurred in Sioux City; the Sergeant Floyd Monument is a hundred foot obelisk honoring this important American explorer, and was the first historic landmark to be registered by the U.S. government.  Sgt. Floyd was originally laid to rest near the location of the monument but his grave eroded due to the natural cycles of the Missouri River, and his remains were relocated to this soaring monument in 1901.  Also standing in recognition of this man’s life is the Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum and Welcome Center.  In the same area of Sioux Falls, near the banks of the Missouri River, the steamboat serves to welcome visitors and offer information and exhibits detailing the history of transportation on the Missouri River as well as the Lewis and Clark expedition, specifically while they traveled through the Siouxland area.

For visitors interested in more on the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is also located nearby.  Admission is free and participants can take part in interactive exhibits detailing the fascinating and sometimes harrowing adventures of the expedition.  Among the exhibits are animatronics mannequins, a brass-rubbing station and reproductions of military equipment.  

Additionally located along the Riverfront area of Sioux City is the launching point for the Argosy Casino.  The riverboat casino is open 24/7 and offers visitors a chance to cut loose and indulge themselves while cruising the Missouri River.  The riverboat boasts ornate chandeliers, marble Greek columns and a large observation deck.  Available for play, are such classic casino favorites as blackjack, roulette, craps, poker and slots.  Dining options are also available for guests looking to round out their experience with a great meal.  

The more spiritually inclined will certainly be drawn to Trinity Heights.  This amazing location encompasses 70 acres with over 25 shrines and memorial spots scattered throughout the gardens there.  Visitors will be awed and inspired by the beauty of this location and its majestic spot surrounded by fields and woods.  The most impressive of the shrines at Trinity Heights include thirty foot stainless steel statues of both Jesus and Mary as well as a full size wood carving of the Last Supper.  Trinity Heights is a perfect spot for a serene walk through the extensive gardens and quiet contemplation whether at the Outdoor Cathedral or one of the many secluded spots tucked away throughout the gardens.

Sioux City’s attractions continue on with the Public Museum and its Art Center.  Both offer free admission and a variety of permanent as well as touring exhibits.  The Public Museum gives visitors a look at life in the Siouxland area revolving around transportation, agriculture, pioneers and Native Americans with displays, artifacts, fossils and interactive exhibits.  Also featured at the museum is a computer-generated timeline chronicling the corporate history of Gateway and IBP.  The Art Center shows visitors a wide range of artwork from not only local artists, but national and international artists as well.  Exhibits here include works by Grant Wood, Bridget Riley, Thomas Hart Benton, and Salvador Dali.  

The many attractions and diverse options open to visitors make Sioux City a jewel of this mid-western region.  With a rich history, this city is sure to present you with not only new experiences but new knowledge.  The adventures of the Lewis and Clark expedition will give visitors a new-found respect for these early explorers of the country, and the contemporary additions to the city show travelers that Sioux City is not only a place of the past, but a flourishing city of the present and the future as well.

MUST SEE IN Sioux City, IA LIST:

  • 1. Sergeant Floyd Monument
  • 2. Anderson Dance Pavilion
  • 3. Grandview Park Bandshell
  • 4. Orpheum Theatre
  • 5. Tyson Events Center
  • 6. Sioux City Public Museum
  • 7. Argosy Casino
  • 8. Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
  • 9. Trinity Heights
  • 10. Stone State Park

Sioux City, IA EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Siouxland Film Festival - April
  • 2. Saturday in the Park - July
  • 3. Greek Festival - August
  • 4. Art Splash - September
  • 5. Sioux City Riverssance Festival - October
  • 6. Festival of Trees - November

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Hilton Garden Inn Sioux City Riverfront
1132 Larsen Park Road, Sioux City, IA
By Diab Dar-Issa

During your next vacation to Sioux City, Iowa, consider staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. Located in the transportation hub only ten minutes away from Sioux Gateway Airport, getting there is not a stressful task at all. Notably, check-in time starts at 3 p.m. Also, with lavish fixtures and a friendly staff, the Hilton Garden Inn may begin to feel a lot like home sooner than you may think.

Whether you’re alone or alongside the company of others, the Hilton Garden Inn will have the perfect room to satisfy your needs. Travelers can choose from guestrooms with either one king-sized or two queen-sized beds. Each guestroom comes equipped with a 32’ flat screen LCD TV, two landline phones, complimentary Wi-Fi, and also a refrigerator, microwave, and a coffee maker.

Should unexpected work arise on your trip, you can take care of it all at the hotel’s own 24-hour business center. Conveniently located on-site is the Great American Grill which will be more than able to satisfy you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a throughout-the-day snack. The fully equipped fitness center and pool, both located on the lower level, will help you to unwind and alleviate stress anytime of the day. For those who prefer his or her privacy while exercising, the hotel offers its own, Stay Fit Kit and can be utilized in your guestroom.
 
With countless amenities, conveniences, and dining options, extending your stay will begin to look more like an option. Sleeping won’t need to be compromised either as check out lasts all morning up until 12 p.m. Proximity to the airport and freeways will have you breeze through your commute. You can book your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux City by clicking on this link through WhatsCheaper.com (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Holiday Inn Sioux City
701 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, IA
By Rebecca Evans

The next time you decide to stay in Sioux City, Iowa, why not try the Holiday Inn? Perfect for those traveling for business or pleasure, this Holiday Inn has something for everyone. Located on 701 Gordon Drive in beautiful downtown Sioux City, this location is only seven miles away from the SUX Gateway Airport, making it easy to reach for weary travelers. For those who opt not to rent a car, there is a Holiday Inn shuttle that will take guests to and from this location with ease. For those seeking fun, the hotel is close to major area attractions, including the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the Sioux City Art Center, and the Tyson Event Center. Business travelers will love the location of the hotel to area businesses including MidAmerican Energy, Tyson Foods, the Sioux Convention center and Briar Cliff University, just to name a few.  Guests are allowed to check in at 4 p.m.

The rooms at this Holiday Inn have recently undergone improvements, making them even more comfortable to stay in. Entertainment options include Cable TV, Pay-Per-View movies, Premium cable movies and video checkout in-room. For those who came to work, everything needed is already available: a spacious work desk that has a lamp, two line phones that include voicemail and direct dial, and high speed internet access, that is available for an initial charge. The kitchen area includes a mini refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave for those who chose to eat in. Other room amenities include a hairdryer in the bathroom, and an iron with an ironing board, perfect for the business traveler who needs to freshen up between meetings.

The Sioux City Holiday Inn has several wonderful features that separate it from other area hotels. Guests have access to the hotel’s business center, which includes the ability to access the internet, make copies, fax, print and use the center’s PC. For those who don’t wish to abandon their gym routine even while on vacation, there is a fitness center as well as an indoor pool. All travelers can enjoy Charlie’s American Grill and Spirit’s, located inside the hotel and open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to having a cocktail lounge, children under 12 eat for free.

Check-out time at the hotel is 11 a.m. The Sioux City Holiday Inn is a great choice for families as well as individuals away on business looking for convenience and a trusted name to meet their traveling needs. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with booking your next hotel experience, just click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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