Dows Rest Area

Rest Area and Tourist Information Center
I-35, Dows, IA 50071, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
6.3/10

Based on 35 votes

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    Joseph D.
    "Outstanding Civil War exhibits."(3 Tips)
    Benita W.
    "Clean bathrooms, and they have free Iowa road maps."(2 Tips)
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  • @nathantwright
    Fun fact: Dows is named after Civil War General Joseph Dows III, who single-handedly fought off Galactus the Devourer in 1864 with only a bowie knife and rifle.
    @nathantwright · January 24, 2013
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  • Chad T.
    This rest area is Civil War themed - Franklin County, IA had the largest % of young men joining the Union Army in the state.
    Chad Thompson · June 23, 2011
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  • Dedwarmo D.
    There are about 80 parking spaces for trucks and about 76 were available when I was here. Wide open.
    Dedwarmo Dave · June 7, 2015
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  • Janette P.
    Nice rest area. I've been stuck here in blizzards and stop here on sunny days.... It's always clean!!
    Janette Pollino · October 3, 2011
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  • Jeff S.
    Watch out for the guy with a fishing pole that has the smarties at the end of the line.
    Jeff S · March 30, 2014
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  • William D.
    No smoking here. Don't stop if that is all you need.
    William Doerfler · February 24, 2013
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  • Benita W.
    Clean bathrooms, and they have free Iowa road maps.
    Benita Warns · April 22, 2013
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  • Tony W.
    This is probably the nicest rest area you will ever see.
    Tony Webster · June 1, 2012
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  • Jake S.
    Wifi is too weak to use from your car.
    Jake Smokovitz · March 20, 2013
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  • The Product Poet
    Plenty of bathrooms to go to the bathroom.
    The Product Poet · September 20, 2014
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  • Craig S.
    One of the best rest areas in the stat!
    Craig Swanson · July 14, 2013
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  • Joseph D.
    Outstanding Civil War exhibits.
    Joseph Danko · May 6, 2013
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  • Michele W.
    Great spot for the dogs too!!
    Michele Weston · May 25, 2013
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  • Benjamin B.
    I had to pee so bad. Thank god.
    Benjamin Brockman · December 30, 2012
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  • Brian
    Pee inside, it's legal here.
    Brian · September 2, 2013
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  • Greg S.
    Dows backwards is Swod
    Greg Swan · November 26, 2011
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