Picture a place that is as laid back as it is active and as relaxing as it is fun—that’s Washington, Iowa! When you just want to get away from it all with your family, spouse or friends, Washington has lots of options. Plan a quick getaway in the relaxed atmosphere of our welcoming community!
Did you know that Washington, Iowa’s State Theater has been named the Guinness-verified World’s Oldest Continuously Operating Movie Theater? Or that the famous barn quilts art project originated in our area? Or that 11 blocks of the Washington Downtown Historic District and a number of homes are on the National Register of Historic Places?
Now that you know, picture yourself enjoying a film at the State Theater or taking a Sunday drive to see the barn quilts and historic buildings, followed by a meal at one of our excellent local establishments. Or get tickets to a performance at one of our arts venues. We also have the Conger House Museum and the F Troop Military Museum in town, so be sure to stop by for a visit!
An American Classic, Squared
Like many small towns in Iowa, Washington is built around a picturesque town square. What you’ll notice in Washington is the diversity of the shops and restaurants around the square and throughout town. You’re never far from fascinating historic buildings or family-friendly activities, such as the municipal band concerts in the summer.
- Check out the retail options in Washington.
Many people express surprise that Washington has such a breadth of recreational activities, including outdoor diversions. The natural beauty of the area, as well as its rich farmland, has been a draw for more than a century. Families can get out on the trail or river by biking, hiking, skiing or kayaking. The area’s woodlands and waterways teem with wildlife. Fishing and hunting remain popular pastimes in the region.
- Learn more about our parks and trails.
What’s Up this Weekend?
Girlfriends that are fed up with the week can come to Washington for a shopping and barn quilt day, complete with a meal at a local eatery. You can even stay nearby at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort and have a spa day. Meanwhile, the guys could spend the day on the golf course in Washington or Riverside or hunting, fishing or biking the trail. Or, bring the whole family for an adventurous day biking the trail together, followed by dinner and a movie.
- See our itineraries for more ideas!