In the state's northeast corner, Decorah has deep Norwegian roots, a popular bike trail and some really good restaurants.

By By the editors of MidwestLiving.com
The Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa.

1 Seed Savers Exchange Discover more than 20,000 vegetable, flower and herb varieties at this heirloom-seed mecca. (563) 382-5990; seedsavers.org

2 The food at Rubaiyat (rubaiyatrestaurant.com), the wine list complements dishes like the pepper-rubbed salmon. Although the menu changes at The Angry Pickle (edesangrypickle.com), the house-made pickle chips are a mainstay.

3 Grand lodging The restored 1905 Hotel Winneshiek (hotelwinn.com) is within walking distance of every Main Street attraction. Or stay at the Little House on the Farm and Guest Barn B&B (littlehouseonthefarm.com), just outside of town, for the Little House on the Prairie experience and gracious hospitality.

4 Riverside fun Walkers and cyclists are thrilled with the 11-mile Trout Run Trail (troutruntrail.com), running by the popular Decorah Fish Hatchery (a quarter's worth of food incites a feeding frenzy among trout).

5 Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Learn about immigrant life through 24,000-plus artifacts and 12 historical outbuildings, or take a class celebrating Norwegian culture. (563) 382-9681; vesterheim.org

The Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa.
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