Though quaint, this charming river town boasts stunning museums, awe-inspiring arts and amazing shopping. Tour the most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. Explore the heirloom display gardens and heritage livestock breeds at Seed Savers Exchange & Heritage Farm. Learn about area history at the Porter House Museum. Or discover the arts or perfect your own skills at ArtHaus.
Outdoor Adventures & Exciting Eateries
Take advantage of the surrounding landscape by canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the Upper Iowa River that flows directly through town or on the nearby trout streams. Stop by the Decorah Fish Hatchery to feed the trout being reared in the raceways or view the famous Decorah Eagles. Enjoy the Trout Run Trail, an 11-mile biking and walking trail, or horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, bird watching or cross country skiing in parks like Ice Cave, Phelps, Palisades and VanPeenen with another 25 miles of trails. Check out Dunning's Spring Park to see a spectacular 200-foot waterfall.
Try the craft brews at Pulpit Rock and Toppling Goliath, or find more Iowa flavors at Convergence Ciderworks and Winneshiek Wildberry Winery. To refuel to tomorrow's adventure, enjoy seasonal American fare at Rubaiyat, made-from-scratch dishes at La Rana Bistro, a classic pizza from Mabe's or Asian cuisine at Koreana Japanese Restaurant. Or join the locals at their favorite sports bar, T Bocks Sports Bar & Grill.
Stroll down Water Street to check out the specialty stores, antique shops and galleries that make Decorah a shopping destination.
Decorah was named one of the "100 Best Small-Town Getaways" by Midwest Living Magazine.