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Decorah, Iowa

Decorah, population 8,000, is a warm and vibrant town that offers plentiful recreation, a charming downtown, natural beauty, and a close-knit community—all while providing the conveniences of a city many times its size.

Decorah is a popular destination in northeast Iowa for many reasons, including:

  • outdoor recreation
  • numerous cultural events and festivals
  • a pedestrian-friendly town center full of niche eateries and shops
  • biweekly farmers markets and a food co-op in addition to traditional grocery stores
  • proximity to the Upper Iowa River, which flows through Luther’s campus and borders Decorah’s business district
  • the Trout Run Trail, an 11-mile biking, walking, and running trail that loops the town
  • assorted area attractions, including parks, museums, arts organizations, live music, a movie theatre, and a bowling alley

Public transportation serving the area includes commercial airports in Rochester (Minn.), Waterloo (Iowa), and La Crosse (Wis.); a municipal airport in Decorah; and train and bus depots in La Crosse (Wis.).

Decorah was named to the Forbes "America's Prettiest Towns" list. Check out the latest Decorah feature from Iowa Public Television.