• An open vista frames two white grave stone and a flag in the distance with a white cottage in the foreground.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Nearby Attractions

A white gazebo with flags in front of historic commercial downtown block.

The West Branch Commercial District includes 16 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

NPS Photo

Visiting West Branch, Iowa

The City of West Branch, Iowa is the home of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The West Branch Commercial Historic District along Downey and Main streets preserves 12 buildings from 1875 through 1929.

Main Street West Branch is a community organization that promotes West Branch businesses, culture, history, architecture, and commitment to progress.

Travel the Herbert Hoover Highway

The Herbert Hoover Highway, a scenic motor trail, connects Iowa City and West Branch and to the towns of Springdale, Rochester, Tipton, and Lowden, Iowa. The highway is exit 249 on I-80. Download PDF file »

More Area Information

The Eastern Iowa Tourism Association (EITA) has information on area attractions and events and offers planning services for tour operators.

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) has over 100 members representing arts and cultural organizations in east central Iowa (the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas). The ICCA has information on local events, activities and attractions.

The Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICCCVB) is an excellent resource for visiting nearby Iowa City and Coralville.

The foggy Mississippi River overlooked with bluff in full fall color.

Sunrise at Fire Point Overlook in the fall is one of many spectacular views of the Mississippi River at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

NPS Photo by Ken Block

National Park Service in Iowa

The National Park Service is involved in many activities in Iowa, including land and water conservation, community recreation assistance, and historic preservation. Learn more »

Effigy Mounds

Effigy Mounds National Monument near Marquette, Iowa preserves over two-hundred American Indian mounds. Thirty-one are effigies in the shape of bears and birds and are found along hiking trails offering magnificent views of the Mississippi River. Learn more »

Silos and Smokestacks

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is a network of historic and cultural sites in eastern Iowa that tell the American story of farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities, past and present. Learn more »

Other Federal Recreational Lands

Find national parks, wildlife refuges, and other federal recreational lands. Visit Recreation.gov »

Did You Know?

Photograph of Herbert Hoover as an infant.

Herbert Hoover was the first person born west of the Mississippi River to become president. Seven other presidents were born west of the river. More...