Founded in 1847, this pretty town (population: 9,900) has a strong Dutch heritage.
Tulip Time festival
A craftsman carves wooden shoes.
The Jaarsma Bakery
What to do
Pella Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill More than 20 historical buildings surround a courtyard. A tour of the windmill includes a step onto a ledge just below the mill’s turning blades. See reviews and ratings. (641) 628-2409; pellatuliptime.com
Tulip Time Put on your clogs. Pella marks the 78th anniversary of its Tulip Time festival with a variety of Dutch-inspired events and food and thousands of pretty blooms May 2–4, 2013. Free. (641) 628-4311; pellatuliptime.com