Offering unsurpassed beauty to all who visit, Clayton is located one mile off The Great River Road in Clayton County, Iowa.


Clayton is a picturesque village situated along the beautiful Mississippi River, protected by colorful bluffs and breathtaking scenery. Each season brings with it new beauty and exciting activities in Clayton and the surrounding areas.

The village of Clayton is surrounded by many historic sites, recreation areas, antique shops, and rural warmth not found in other areas.

You can dine at either of Clayton's two fine resturants which are popular with area residents who come by boat and by road to savor the excellent food and views of the river these resturants offer.

from the dining room at Bill's Boat Landing       from the dining room at the Clayton Litehouse

Historic buildings in Clayton include the Clayton Independent School which was built in 1860 and used as a school for 103 consecutive years, and the turn-of-the century Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church where Sunday services are still held year round.

Clayton Independent School       Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Clayton is located in northeast Iowa; 60 min. from Dubuque, IA; 1hr. 30 min. from Cedar Rapids, IA; 4 hrs. from Des Moines, IA; 5 hrs. from Chicago, IL; 5 hrs. from Minneapolis, MN; 6 hrs. from St Louis, MO; 6 hrs. from Omaha, NE; and 8 hrs. from Sioux Falls, SD.

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The Claytonian Inn,    100 South Front Street,    Clayton, IA 52049

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