Image: Rolling landscape along Western Skies Scenic Byway. Photo by Ken West
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This 140-mile byway parallels I-80, offering travelers several easy opportunities to venture off the beaten path and experience what Iowa is truly about. Travelers can start their byway journey just off of Exit 75 on I-29 near Missouri Valley.
Taking Highway 30 east from Missouri Valley, travelers have the option to turn east onto State Highway 44 or to continue north into Woodbine where the byway forms a loop at County Road F32. Both routes lead travelers to Harlan, where they continue east on Highway 44 into the heart of the Danish countryside: Kimballton and Elk Horn. A spur of the Byway runs south from Kimballton on Highway 173 through Elk Horn and on to Interstate 80.
Back on Highway 44, follow the rolling ridge top through Hamlin and Guthrie Center, and into Panora. Turning south on to P28, the byway ends at Stuart, located along Interstate 80 at exit 93. Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery or a change of pace, the Western Skies Scenic Byway offers both while showcasing Iowa’s agricultural past and cultural heritage.