Located in Central Iowa, along the Des Moines River, Fort Dodge is perhaps a bit off the beaten track for RV explorers, and it’s a fairly small town to boot, having a population of just over twenty five thousand. Even so, you’ll find a lot to like here, and it’s well worth a visit. Be advised, however, that as with the rest of this part of the country, the climate is somewhat cool, so you’ll want to pack for that. Temperatures plunge precipitously in the winter months and it almost never gets outright hot in the summer. We think you’re really going to enjoy your RV rental Fort Dodge IA!
Here are some of the things you’ll want to be sure to check out when you visit the area:
Located on the southwestern edge of the town, this is a full-scale recreation of military outposts that were common in the area during the 19th century. You’ll also find a painstakingly recreated village from that same time period. The museum is small but well-appointed, and you’ll find more than enough exhibits to keep you interested and entertained, including a replica of the “Cardiff Giant,” which was a famous hoax that was actually sculpted from gypsum mined at Fort Dodge. The site plays home to a variety of festivals throughout the year, making it fun to visit more than once, just to see the comings and doings at the fort at various times of the calendar year.
Heralded as one of the finest small museums in the country, this makes Fort Dodge an unexpected delight. One simply wouldn’t expect to find a museum of this caliber in such a small town, and it’s well worth the trip, as it boasts a surprisingly large permanent collection and the curators bring in touring exhibits on a regular basis so there’s always something new to see. If you’re a museum buff at all, then this alone makes the trip worthwhile.
One of the side benefits of going a little bit off the beaten track is the fact that the campgrounds all tend to be VERY attractively priced, and the Fort Dodge area is no exception. We’ll detail our two favorite campgrounds in the area to give you a sense for what’s available.
A good sized campground given the population of the town it sits near, this one boasts 256 sites, with an extremely attractive rate of just $16 a night at the time this review was written. It doesn’t boast as many amenities as you’ll find in campgrounds near more populated areas, but all the basics are covered, with electrical, water and sewer hookups for your camper rental Fort Dodge IA. It’s also a pet friendly place, and some big rig sites are available. A great place to stay at a great price with a motorhome rental Fort Dodge IA.
Only marginally more expensive than Bushy Creek ($18 a night, here), you’ll find all the same features, plus free WiFi included. These days, when traveling, WiFi access is increasingly important, so if it matters to you, then it’s more than worth the extra two dollars a night. A highly recommended place to stay with your travel trailer rental Fort Dodge IA.
You would be flat out amazed at the number of interesting events there are in and around Fort Dodge. Of these, the most notable is the annual “Frontier Days” celebration, which just saw it’s 40th anniversary in 2014. It happens on the first weekend in June each year and is filled with arts, crafts, music and history from the days when Fort Dodge was literally on the American frontier. Not to be missed if you’re a history buff at all.
If fishing is more your speed, then you’ll definitely want to come in February to take part in the annual ice fishing tourney. A bit cold for my tastes, but if you dress warmly enough, you’re sure to have a great time! Come a month earlier, in January, and you can take part in a fantastic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing festival, and the town hosts three different cycling events during the summer months, so if you’ve brought your bicycle along with you, you’re in luck! People enjoy their RV rentals Fort Dodge IA all year round!
Sometimes big things really do come in small packages, and Fort Dodge is no exception. If you love the outdoors, and are a fan of history, then you’ll want to put this little town on your “must-visit” list. It’s a great place with lots to see, lots to do and you’ll be hard pressed to find better campground rates anywhere. Start making your travel plans now by searching RV rentals near Fort Dodge Iowa on RVshare!
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