Anamosa, Iowa, might be considered small potatoes when it comes to municipalities, but we more than make up for it in style and attitude. While this portion of Eastern Iowa is called Grant Wood Country after the famous artist, Anamosa is more like motorcycle country. The home of J&P Cycles headquarters, people from across the United States and foreign countries make the trip to Anamosa to see where John and Jill Parham’s dream all began. Snuggled in the cornfields, J&P Cycles is 150,000-square-feet of two-wheel splendor.
Adjacent to J&P Cycles is the motorcycle-themed AmericInn Hotel that opened in June of 2009 with 50 guestrooms, including suites offering whirlpools, fireplaces, microwave ovens and refrigerators. The complex also features a large, indoor heated-swimming pool, whirlpool spa and exercise room, or you can enjoy a beverage at the Thirsty Throttle Beer and Wine Bar.
Just down the road from J&P Cycles and AmericInn is the National Motorcycle Museum, and you’ll be glad you had the foresight to book a room after a long day touring this purely biker-themed museum. The museum moved to its new location just off Highway 151 at Exit 54 this past year and the new location is housed in an impressive 36,000-square-foot facility. The collection includes more than 300 motorcycles from around the world, as well as thousands of pieces of motorcycle memorabilia and artwork.
With an influx of motorcycles visiting throughout the spring, summer and fall, Anamosa boasts other motorcycle-themed businesses, including several of our local restaurants. It’s not uncommon in warmer months to see motorcycles galore parked in downtown Anamosa, in the parking lots at J&P Cycles and the Museum.
And, there’s so much more to see in the area. Pack up your gear and come check it out!