Last summer on our trek from central Indiana to Seattle we went by LeClaire, Iowa right after we crossed the Mississippi River on I-80. LeClaire is the home base for the American Pickers TV show. You know, those two chaps who roam the country looking for antiques and other unique old items. We drove up through the town, but where they had their store was difficult to get to while towing a 29′ trailer. We did see their store, though. Maybe sometime we’ll be able to stop.
About 15 miles southwest of Cedar Rapids, Iowa the traveler will discover a unique community of shops and restaurants called Amana Colonies. The Colonies are listed as a National Historic Landmark and have over a million visitors a year. Next to the community there is an RV park fittingly named Amana Colonies RV Park.
The RV park offers Passport America discounts with electric, water and sewer hook-ups costing $18.19 per weekday night, tax included. The staff is very friendly and offer golf cart escort to your site. All sites are level, gravel surfaced with grass and picnic tables. The park is very large, covering acres of ground. Don’t expect any shade, as there are but a few small trees scattered around. There will be no problem for those of you with satellite dishes. The rest rooms, showers and laundry facilities are clean and acceptable. And get ready to enjoy the multitude of these little chipmunk type critters who are everywhere!
For a day of shopping and dining enjoy the Amana Colonies community. The Amana Colonies RV Park provides a clean, friendly and safe place to camp literally a couple of minutes away. Check for availability before you go as they do have special events that fill the park.