Clear Lake, Iowa, United States
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Clear Lake Information

About Clear Lake

Named for its jaw-droppingly beautiful lake located right in the middle of town, Clear Lake is a charming small town that’s popular with locals as a quick getaway. Situated right on Interstate 35, it’s also a convenient stop for anyone on a road trip. It’s also a popular location for music fans to pay their respects at the spot where Buddy Holly’s plane crashed in 1959-- changing the course of music history forever.

Things to Do in Clear Lake

With a long and interesting history (the town has been around since the 1800’s!), there’s no shortage of things to do in Clear Lake. The town gained much of its fame following “The Day The Music Died” -- if you decide to pay a visit, the site is marked by the eyeglasses statue on the left side of Gull Avenue. Make sure to also pay a visit to the Surf Ballroom- it offers all visitors a glimpse into the storied history of big bands and rock ‘n’ roll. No visit to Clear Lake would be complete without a stop here to take in the atmosphere and imagine all of the famous bands of the past that have performed in this space. If you’re not as interested in the musical aspects of Clear Lake, the Central Gardens of North Iowa make a perfect attraction to visit. The Central Gardens’ immaculate gardens and pristine scenery will transport you to a wonderland of peace and quiet. Nature lovers will also definitely want to visit Clear Lake State Park-- this beautiful space is a great place to relax, particularly in the summertime. The Lady of the Lake boat ride around the lake is a great activity for kids, too! If you’re looking for more to do with little ones, the Clear Lake Fire Museum is a great option for kids dreaming of becoming firefighters. If you need a little downtime after all of your sightseeing, stop by Lake Time Brewery for great craft beer options.

Clear Lake Day Trips

A great day trip option from Clear Lake is Fort Dodge-- only about an hour and a half drive from Clear Lake and packed with historical fun! The Blanden Memorial Art Museum is the first public museum of art in the state of Iowa and has some great pieces. The Fort Museum and Frontier Village is another great option in down-- there’s a full-scale recreation of a 19th century military outpost located here.

Clear Lake Accommodation

Whether you’re stopping through Clear Lake on a road trip on the way from Des Moines to Minneapolis or if it is your main vacation destination, we make it easy to find the perfect place to stay. We offer Clear Lake vacation rentals and Clear Lake short term rentals throughout the town. We have plenty of options for rentals that are located only a short walk from all the sights in town. Whichever part of Clear Lake you want to experience, you can compare rentals in the area by price, ratings, reviews, and more on Tripping. Book your Clear Lake rental today!

Transportation in Clear Lake

The Mason City Municipal Airport is located directly next to town, but most visitors choose to drive to Clear Lake. Since the town is located right off of Interstate 35, it’s an easy trip from a city like Des Moines (a 1 hour and 40-minute drive) or Minneapolis (a two-hour drive).

Vacation Rentals in Clear Lake

Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Clear Lake getaway?’s got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, cabin rental or cottage, Clear Lake offers 55 affordable vacation home rentals to choose from, with far more amenities, space and comforts than the average hotel room. Select from 37 properties with high-speed WiFi Internet, 6 full with jacuzzi and pool, and homes complete with outdoor patio, great for entertaining with guests. Whatever your needs, find the perfect home rental that best matches your accommodation style and budget.

For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of $25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Clear Lake has 55 gorgeous homes with 16 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with

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