Explore Pella's Dutch Heritage from Our Hotel
Established in 1847 by Dutch settlers and the childhood home of Wyatt Earp, Pella is a history buff's dream destination. Take off from the convenient Country Inn & Suites to explore Pella's historic sites like the canal at the Molengracht and the still-functioning Vermeer Mill, or stroll past Dutch architecture at Central College, Pella Historical Village and Pella town square. Want to get out into nature? Lake Red Rock is less than five miles away, and Bos Landen Golf Club offers an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Race fans can hop between the Iowa Speedway and the Knoxville Raceway, and no sports enthusiast should miss a visit to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.
Make time to visit these nearby attractions:
- Bos Landen Golf Course (2.5 miles)
This affordable, 18-hole course is between 5,100 and 7,000 yards long and is entertaining for golf pros and novices alike. Set aside an afternoon to enjoy these beautiful links and then stop by Grille on the Green for a snack.
Phone: +1 (800) 539-1458
- Central College (0.5 miles)
Founded in 1853 with a class of 37, Central College now offers 73 academic programs with more than 1,400 students. Athletes at The Dutch represent their college in 19 varsity sports in the NCAA Division III’s Iowa Conference.
Phone: +1 (877) 462-3687
- Cordova Observation Tower (8 miles)
The staggering view of the Des Moines River Valley is worth the 170-step climb to the top of this 106-foot converted water tower.
Phone: +1 (641) 627-5935
- Iowa Speedway (30 miles)
Designed by NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, the Iowa Speedway delivers big entertainment for race fans who thrill to see cars speed around “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet."
Phone: +1 (641) 791-8000
- Knoxville Raceway (11 miles)
Once a track used for horse racing, Knoxville Raceway has evolved into a popular Saturday night venue for sprint car races.
Phone: +1 (641) 842-5431
- Lake Red Rock (4.5 miles)
Whether you are a hiker, a fisher or a boater, Lake Red Rock has something to help you while away the afternoon surrounded by scenic views. If you're an angler, be sure to pack gear for catching bluegill, crappie and bass any time of year.
Phone: +1 (641) 828-2257
- Molengracht (1.5 miles)
Stroll through the Molengracht plaza with its Dutch Canal and colorful flowerbeds in downtown Pella’s business district.
Phone: +1 (641) 628-2246
- National Balloon Classic (30 miles)
An Iowa tradition for more than 40 years, this annual summer festival fills the sky with bright flashes of color as hot air balloons float up and away.
Phone: +1 (515) 961-8415
- Pella Aquatic Center (1.5 miles)
Kids won't want to miss the 494-foot Adventure River at this aquatic center. If the sun gets too hot, cool off with a leap into the main pool, or head indoors on rainy days.
Phone: +1 (641) 628-1882
- Pella Historical Village (1 mile)
With more than 150 years of Dutch tradition behind it, Pella Historical Village is a can't-miss destination. Plan to visit all 24 of the restored historical buildings that make Pella "America's Dutch Treasure."
Phone: +1 (641) 628-2409
- Pella Rolscreen Depot Museum (0.5 miles)
Visit this museum founded by the Pella Rolscreen Foundation, which exhibits the story of the Pella Corporation and the local area.
Phone: +1 (641) 621-6243
- National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum (11 miles)
Get a glimpse of the fascinating history behind sprint car racing at this hall of fame and museum. You can learn about the daredevils who founded the sport and then see it still in action at nearby Knoxville Raceway.
Phone: +1 (641) 842-6176
- Pella Town Square (1.5 miles)
In addition to hosting beautiful Dutch architecture, town square is also home to delicious eateries, vibrant markets and fun shopping opportunities.
- Tulip Toren (1.5 miles)
Tulip Time is a big deal in Pella, and the Tulip Toren provides the stage for the festival’s events. Rebuilt in 1968, the monument is also worth visiting during the off season.
- Vermeer Mill (1 mile)
Partially built in the Netherlands and then assembled in Pella, the Vermeer Mill is America's tallest functioning windmill. Stop by to see the mill grind wheat into flour using nothing but wind power.
Phone: +1 (641) 620-9463
You can find the Country Inn & Suites, Pella 40 miles southeast of Des Moines off Highway 163 at exit 42.