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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, Landmarks
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Madison, Wisconsin
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Walked to the site on a beautiful Fall day. Had the entire spot to ourselves. Very moving tribute to those fine lost Musicians. Worth going to, make it a point to go. Really worthwhile. Make sure to go to the Surf Ballroom while in town.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Chanced to see this on a road trip from Canada to St Louis. Easy find down some beautiful Iowa country roads. Loved the walk through the cornfields. Wish I would have brought a momento to leave behind. Many people did and I enjoyed seeing what was there. Didn't know his music but knew he was a legend. RIP Buddy Holly.

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Cassville, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A little trek (about a half mile) to get to the sight between corn fields but worth it. There is a path, but good footwear is advised.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Not much to the site itself, but to spend a few minutes in silence thinking about what the site represents is powerful.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

No signage so you have to be a fan and do your research to find it. Once there the 1/2 mile walk through the corn to the actual site is quite reflective.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Had some time to see this site. Not too far off I-35. Down a few gravel roads. Very interesting!! If you drove by, you'd never know what these glass rims are doing at the edge of a Korn field though.

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Belleville, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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73 reviews 73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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