Retropolis Retro Tour of America: Tulips, Wooden Shoes and Dutch Dancing in a Dutch Town - Pella, Iowa

Iowa has been all over the news lately because of the Iowa Republican Caucus, although we don't actually get to see much of Iowa. Now is your chance to plan to see more than poll numbers and politics in Iowa. If you already find yourself daydreaming about tip toeing through the tulips this spring, have I got the place for you! Pella, Iowa!

Pella, Iowa was founded by Dutch immigrants, and it is still very Dutch today. In Pella, IA you will find wooden shoes, windmills, tulips, Dutch costumes, Dutch crafts, Dutch food, and everything else that will give you a taste of Holland without actually traveling overseas. The largest working windmill in the United States is located in Pella, Iowa, turning wheat into flour, thanks to the wind. 

Every year on the first weekend of May, Pella, Iowa has the annual Tulip Time Festival. This year, the Tulip Time Festival will be on May 3, 4 and 5. The festival is a trip back in time, celebrating Dutch heritage. You can find more information here:

You will also get to see the boyhood home of Wyatt Earp in Pella, Iowa. 


Thank you to   for posting the colorful video on YouTube of Pella's beautiful tulips! 


If you'd like to see the people of Pella, Iowa set a world record for clog dancing in their wooden shoes, take a look at this: