Enjoy the early river town atmosphere of the 19th Century in Alma! Perched on a narrow strip of land between the Mississippi River and 500-foot limestone bluffs, this small town is only two streets wide, with 12 unique stairstep streets and a “dugway” to the top of the bluff. Alma is designated as a National Historic District because of the preservation of over 200 waterfront 19th century buildings. Some of these are now great lodging options.

Alma offers 30 trains a day for train buffs, the old Burlington Railroad Hotel, and a walking bridge over the tracks to Lock & Dam #4, where you can stand and watch the trains pass.

Alma is well known for bald eagles, tundra swans, herons and pelicans. Rieck’s Lake offers opportunities to view migrating tundra swans. View bald eagles all year in Alma, but from December through February, wintering bald eagles congregate around Lock & Dam #4 to feed.

Alma is the only local river town to offer lock & dam viewing from city streets, with two area marinas, four boat ramps and a sand swimming beach. The mid-town courtesy dock offers visitors the opportunity to dock and enjoy the city’s many attractions.

Whether you want to explore the quaint shops and galleries, dine in some great restaurants, see a world-class collection of authentic arms & armor at Castlerock Museum, or enjoy nature by paddling trails of the Mississippi backwaters, fishing, hiking the trails, or birding, you’ll fill your visit with great memories! Stop at our Wings Over Alma Visitor Center or visit for more.