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Ox Yoke Inn - Amana, IA

Full service restaurant located in the Amana Colonies. Family style service featuring traditional German and American dishes. Lunch or dinner, terrific menu, great food. 0.6 miles from Amana Airport. Head east on 220th Trail toward 45th Ave/C St, slight right onto 47th Ave, turn right onto 48th Ave. - Submitted by David Jerzycki

Ankeny Regional Airport - Ankeny, IA

Located just a few miles north of Des Moines, IA, yet out of the Class C airspace, Ankeny is the general aviation hub for the greater Des Moines area. Located within a ten minute drive is the Prairie Meadows Reacetrack and Casino, Adventureland Amusement Park, in addition to several great restaurants, hotels, and shopping. Exec 1 Aviation is a full service FBO located on the field. Amenities included are a pilot lounge, shower facilities, crew cars, DTN weather, and a full service maintenance facility. - Submitted by aarons

Pzazz Resort Hotel - Burlington, IA

The Burlington airport is a great place to visit in south east Iowa. A free scuttle picks you up and transfers you to the Pzazz Hotel. This is a fantastic facility that has something for everyone. One wing is for adults only with an attached casino. The other wing has extensive entertainment for children. An outdoor water park, bowling alley, an arcade, pool tables and swimming pools provide activities for all. The hotel has four dining areas and a state of the art sports bar. A beautiful golf course is not far from the airport. The rooms are well done and reasonable. We got weather in this past weekend and if you do, you will be glad as it is a great place to spend some time. - Submitted by Dale McClure

Great Plains Wing of the CAF - Council Bluffs, IA

This is the home of the Great Plains Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, P51-D Mustang Gunfighter and a military museum. Also based in our hangar is an AT-6 Texan. Work days are every Saturday except holidays from about 0800 hours until early afternoon and Thursday evenings from about 1800 hours until 2100 hours. Gunfighter's annual usually begins in November and gets finished in late winter so if you have ever wanted to see the inside of a genuine Mustang, winter is a great time to do so! - Submitted by Jeff Hutcheson

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium - Dubuque, IA

Chart a course through gators, otters, fish and more. Working riverboats, fresh water aquariums, a wetland nature trail, barge theater, touch pools, live animals and living history presentations celebrate the colorful history of America’s most powerful waterway. Become a barge pilot, control the river’s locks and dams and get up-close and personal with live critters. Open daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with group rates available. - Submitted by kspisak

Fairfield, Iowa - Fairfield, IA

Fairfield Flying Service is a full service FBO with a pilots lounge, crew car, full service maintenance facility and DTN weather. Fairfield is the home of the Fairfield Golf and Country Club, said to be the oldest west of the Mississippi. This is the Sporting Capital of S.E.Iowa with fishing, hunting and an extensive nature trail system. - Submitted by ffl

Fort Dodge Flight Support - Regional Airport - Fort Dodge, IA

Fort Dodge is a growing city. The military constructed Fort Clark to provide protection for the settlers in 1850. The name was changed to Fort Dodge in 1951. The town of Fort Dodge was founded in 1869. Today a bronze plaque in downtown marks the site where the original fort stood. - Submitted by openairnet

Iowa Aviation Museum - Greenfield, IA

Vintage general aviation collection featuring Oldest Curtis Robin in existance OX-5 power, 1941 Aetna-Timm (lost competition for WWII primary trainer to Ryan PT series), Bite Livingston's (inspiration for Johnathan Livingston Seagull novel character) T-Craft, Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame. - Submitted by Bill96

Independence Municipal Airport - Independence, IA, IA

Great Midwest town with a great downtown area for local shopping. Tour the Amish community only a few miles from the airport, lots of great foods, crafts and specialty items. Two crew cars available for day use, rental cars also available. Camping is allowed on the airport, and the FBO has 24/7 service with NO FEES! Call for additional info or help planning your next visit! - Submitted by Jonathan Walter

Alexis Park Inn & Suites - Iowa City, IA

Located adjacent to the arrival end of RWY 25 in Iowa City. Located in Iowa City -- home of the University of Iowa -- there are always a million things to do! The Amana Colonies are just down the road, too. - Submitted by Jay Honeck
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