• Pink flowers blossom in the garden of a white two-room cottage.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Directions

An automobile or bicycle are needed to get to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site from out of town. The park is at 110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, Iowa 52358. If using Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation, the coordinates in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) are X: 637614, Y: 4614507.

 

Driving

Take exit 254 on Interstate 80 to West Branch, Iowa. The Visitor Center is 0.3 mile north of I-80. Get up-to-date road and travel conditions from the Iowa Department of Transportation's Travel Informaton Service. For travel information by telephone, dial 511 in Iowa.

The Herbert Hoover Highway (exit 249 on I-80), a scenic motor trail, connects Iowa City and West Branch and to the towns of Springdale, Rochester, Tipton, and Lowden, Iowa.

 

Parking

Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. Park at the Visitor Center, Presidential Library and Museum, Gravesite, and at the picnic shelters.

Bus and recreational vehicle (RV) parking for the Visitor Center and Presidential Library and Museum is on Parkside Drive across the street from the Visitor Center. Buses and RVs may park also at the gravesite and picnic areas. Additional parking may be found on the streets of West Branch. All on-site facilities are within walking distance of the parking lots.

Designated parking spaces for persons with disabilities are available in all parking lots. Those spaces are reserved for vehicles which are properly marked with a disability parking permit, such as a license plate or government-issued hang-tag.

 

Bicycling

A state road map for bicyclists is available from the Iowa Department of Transportation. Within the park, paved roads normally open to the public, sidewalks, boardwalks and parking areas are open to bicycle use. All trails and service roads are closed to bicycles.The Visitor Center parking lot has a bicycle rack.

 

Traveling by Airplane, Train, or Bus

West Branch is 40 miles from the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and 50 miles from the Quad Cities Airport in Moline, Illinois. Shuttle service is available from the Eastern Iowa Airport. From Cedar Rapids take I-380 south, then I-80 east to exit 254. From Moline take I-80 west to exit 254.

Amtrak's California Zephyr line stops in Mount Pleasant (70 miles from West Branch) and Burlington, Iowa (84 miles from West Branch). From Mount Pleasant, take US-218 north to I-80, then take I-80 east to exit 254. From Burlington, take US-61 north to I-80, then take the I-80 west to exit 254.

Greyhound bus service stops in Iowa City, Iowa. From Iowa City, take I-80 east to exit 254.

Did You Know?

Black and white photo of the mustached Charles Curtis.

Herbert Hoover's vice president Charles Curtis was of almost half American Indian ancestry. Curtis’ mother was one quarter Kaw, one quarter Pottawatomie and one quarter Osage. More...