Decorah is in Northeast Iowa.


Decorah is home to Luther College, an undergraduate school of approximately 2500 students. It is also notable for its Scandinavian heritage, present in institutions such as the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.

Get inEdit

  • 1 Decorah Municipal Airport (DEH IATA). General aviation airport. No scheduled passenger service.    

Get aroundEdit


  • 1 Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 520 W. Water St, +1 563-382-9681, . Open daily May–Oct: 9AM–5PM; Nov–April 10AM–4PM. This museum has the most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world, with an emphasis on folk art. Free admission on the second Saturday of each month. $10 adults; $5 children; $8 seniors (65+).    
  • 2 Porter House Museum, 401 West Broadway Street (Located in the Broadway Historic District, two blocks south of downtown Decorah.), +1 563-382-8465, . Open daily June–Aug, M–Sat 10AM–4PM, Sun 1–4PM; open May, Sept, Oct. F–Sun 1–4PM. About travel, history, nature, and art in the Victorian era.    
  • 3 Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum (The Masters Hotel), 3603 236th Ave, Burr Oak (13 miles north of Decorah), +1 563 735-5916, . Laura Ingalls Wilder's family lived in The Masters Hotel in 1876. The family's stay there is not described in any of the books she wrote about her childhood, but it is the only building she lived in that is still standing. Open May to October, with variable hours. $8.  



  • Fancy Pants, 411 W Water St, +1 563 382-8898. Fancy Pants sells a mix of apparel and novelty gift items. Many items, such as their t-shirts and prints, reflect tongue-in-cheek Iowa and Midwest pride (for instance, a shirt that reads "Don't Meth with Iowa").




  • 1 Magpie Coffeehouse, 202 W Water St, +1 563 387-0593. Magpie Coffeehouse offers a full range of coffee, espresso and tea drinks, along with breakfast and lunch menus. Lunch is not served on Sundays.


  • Roscoe's.



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Routes through Decorah
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