A spectacular panoramic view of fifty miles of the beautiful Mississippi River valley rewards visitors who take the sidetrip up the 104-acre Mount Hosmer City Park, situated on a bluff 450 feet above the town of Lansing. The park is named for Harriet Hosmer, a sculptress, who won a footrace to the summit of the hill during a steamboat layover during the 1850s. Savor the natural splendor of Iowa and neighboring Wisconsin and Minnesota from this scenic overlook. To access the park, drive west on Lansing's Main Street and make a left on 6th Street and continue up.
Once you arrive at the park, you will find water fountains, BBQ stations as well as a large pavilion. If you walk the perimeter you will find signs that denote walking trails and in the front of the park facing The River, you will find telescopes and panoramic views (photos courtesy of Dan Moy).