• 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

West Branch, Iowa And Around

The City of West Branch, Iowa is the home of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. To learn more about visiting West Branch contact Main Street West Branch, a community organization that promotes West Branch's businesses, culture, history, architecture, and commitment to progress.

West Branch Commercial Historic District

The West Branch Commercial Historic District is just outside the historic site along Downey and Main streets. It is a national historic district which preserves fifteen downtown buildings built from 1875 through 1929. Learn more about historic preservation, land and water conservation, and community recreation assistance by the National Park Service in Iowa »

Herbert Hoover Highway

Herbert Hoover Highway, a scenic motor trail, connects Iowa City and West Branch with the nearby towns of Springdale, Rochester, Tipton, and Lowden. The highway is exit 249 on Interstate 80. Download a guide (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

Effigy Mounds National Monument

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 National Heritage Area

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 »

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