Clear Lake is a super popular destination in the upper Midwest, known for its many lakeside attractions and fun things to do. It's only a couple of hours from Des Moines and is an easy break from the city. It's the place to go to chill out by the waters, sail a boat, ride a bike and it's home to the fully restored Surf Ballroom, which was the site of the last ever concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. ''The Big Bopper' Richardson, giving Clear Lake a significant place in music history.
Clear Lake's location makes long days at the lake a priority. Choose from swimming and various water sports or learn how to sail here, the lake is actually considered one of the best sailing lakes in the Midwest. It's 7 miles long and 2.5 miles wide and benefits from winds even on calm days. There is a sailing school and annual races are an attraction.
Clear Lake is also a real cycling town, you can bring your own or rent and peddle about to explore the local amenities with ease, plus there are plenty of bike trails in the area. With many gardens, parks and natural areas Clear Lake is a beautiful place to be outdoors. Fishing is also a huge pastime here, you can take a guide for the best spots and insider tips.
Why not visit the 1920s fire station and museum for a glance at the old days of firefighting with antique equipment and fun things for kids to enjoy.
Music lovers will want to visit the site of Buddy Holly's last concert, the Surf Ballroom, which continues to host great bands and artists from all over the world. You can also pay your respects at the crash site and small memorial, driving a short way out of town.
Visit Clear Lake in late spring for lake-time fun and great sailing.
The town of Clear Lake sits on the coast, making lazy days by the lake a priority. The lake offers countless things to do, such as fishing and boating, and is said to be one of the best sailing lakes in the Midwest, with a boat launch provided for easy access to the water.
If you're a music-lover, make a trip to Surf Ballroom -- the site of Buddy Holly's last ever concert, and now hosting a number of great acts throughout the year. To learn more about the history of the area, make your way to the 1920's fire station for a unique insight into the world of battling fires before modern equipment was invented.
To make the most of all the area has to offer, booking a Clear Lake cabin rental is the best option. Vacation homes tend to be fully equipped, and many are also also pet-friendly -- so you can enjoy your time with your pooch! There are also vacation rentals near Clear Lake that have full kitchens, multiple doubles beds, and offer a large living space, perfect for large groups. Additionally, there are rentals with a lake view, great for guests who enjoy sailing and peaceful days.
Choose the perfect accommodation for your trip at AllTheRooms.com. We aggregate Airbnb, VRBO, priceline and more. Clear Lake has 103 hotels, vacation rentals and other unique places to stay, with prices to suit budget travelers, luxury travelers and everything in between. For those trying to keep costs down, the lowest priced place to stay in Clear Lake comes in at $49 per night. A typical accommodation in Clear Lake costs on average $190 per night.
Those looking to get some work done during their trip to Clear Lake can pick from 43 places to stay that provide WiFi. 8 places to stay include a breakfast. Driving to Clear Lake? Then choose one of the 46 places to stay that comes with a parking spot included.
If you're traveling with a furry friend, then be sure to choose one of the 13 pet-friendly accommodations available.
AllTheRooms aggregates vacation rentals, hotels and other unique accommodation types from 4 providers in Clear Lake, including 31 places to stay from Airbnb, 13 accommodations from VRBO and 5 places to stay from priceline
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