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Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

Gull Avenue, Clear Lake, IA
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Clear Lake
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Belleville, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I liked the idea that one had to walk through a cornfield to get to the crash site. Once there it was a bit disappointing because of the litter and disrespect shown.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My friends and I visited the Surf Ballroom first, which I would definitely recommend. It's free (there's a $5 suggested donation) and loaded with memorabilia, not just from the three musicians who died in the plane crash, but from many of the artists who have played there before and since. The Surf is still an active concert venue (the day... More

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Hobe Sound, FL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This isn't that far off the beaten path and to me worth seeing. I actually visited it twice as the first time I thought I saw the "Crash Site" but realized I didn't see the actual crash site. There are two memorials. When you first arrive to the spot - roadside - you will see a Memorial of Buddy Holly's... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you're already in the area, it's worth the stop to see the crash site and memorial to Buddy Holly. We went while visiting Clear Lake & McIntosh Woods State Park because we figured we probably would never get another opportunity to see this historic site. You have to drive on unpaved roads to get there. Here are directions: From... More

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Houston
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It's a 'smaller than you'd expect' memorial but still pretty cool to visit. It does make you sad to think about what it is and why it's there. It's a half mile walk down a dirt traail so dress accordingly. On a warm day, shorts and sandalls work fine.

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Lubbock, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Not aure why the Surf Ballroom isn't listed, but start there. It's free and such an amazing history lesson, not just on Buddy Holly, but all who went before and came after. Look in the Green Room for where Don McLean put the first verse if American Pie among the famous autographs on the wall.

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Tring, Herts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Visiting this site from the UK was one of my life ambitions and it doesn't disappoint. We found the site easily after taking the directions leaflet from the Surf Ballroom, and then parked at the giant glasses for our half mile walk. We were lucky that this was a baking hot June day and appreciate that it would not be... More

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We included in our trip a visit to the Surf ballroom where the guys had played the night of the crash. We were glad to be able to go inside and see backstage. The crash site was very moving. Glad we went.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I, too, have to politely disagree with those who suggest that the town make this into a bigger area and promote it more. This is a simple but beautiful memorial to young men who left this world so early and now are with God, makin' beautiful music, I am sure! I found the directions in a Clear Lake visitors guide,... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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108 reviews 108 reviews
27 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Stopped on the way back since it was a special site and part of everyone's music life. Somewhat hard to find but able to locate it on Google Maps. The large Buddy Holly glasses marks the trail which leads into the field about 1/4 mile in. Worth the easy walk up.

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