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Transportation to Scattergood and the Iowa City Area

Travel methods are listed in order of speed over the distance to be traveled. If you're coming from far away, you will want to fly or take the train, for example. Middle-distance travelers might want to take the bus or carpool. And the strongest among us will retrace part of the route on a bike or on foot, though if you're coming from one of the coasts, it's already almost too late!

For your convenience, many links are included on this page. Always check the websites listed in case the information has changed since it was gathered in 2016. All external links will open in a new window.

By Air

The closest airports are served by non-stop flights as follows. Click an airport name to expand its details.


Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) - 32 miles from Scattergood

Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) website

  • Allegiant - Las Vegas, Orlando Sanford, Phoenix-Mesa, St. Petersburg/Tampa, Los Angeles, and Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers
  • American Airlines - Chicago and Dallas-Ft. Worth
  • Delta Airlines - Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Frontier Airlines - Denver
  • United Airlines - Chicago and Denver

Quad City International (MLI) - 55 miles from Scattergood

Quad City International (MLI) website

  • Allegiant - Chicago O'Hare, Denver, Washington-Dulles
  • American Airlines - Chicago O'Hare and Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • Delta Airlines - Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • United Airlines - Chicago O'Hare, Denver, and Washington-Dulles

Des Moines International (DSM) - 132 miles from Scattergood

Des Moines International (DSM) website

  • Allegiant Air - Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Punta Gorda, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando
  • American Airlines - Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago O'Hare
  • Delta Airlines - Atlanta, Detroit, New York City LaGuardia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
  • Frontier Airlines - Denver
  • Southwest Airlines - Las Vegas, Chicago Midway
  • United Airlines - Denver, Newark, Houston, Chicago O'Hare
  • US Airways - Charlotte, Washington National (DCA), Phoenix

Chicago O'Hare - 207 miles from Scattergood

Chixago O'Hare (ORD) website

  • All major airlines serve O'Hare.

Chicago Midway - 216 miles from Scattergood

Chicago Midway (MDW) website

  • Delta Airlines - Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Southwest Airlines - Southwest serves 65 cities non-stop from Midway

Minneapolis/St. Paul - 248 miles from Scattergood

Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) website

  • Alaska Airlines - Seattle
  • American Airlines - Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Phoenix
  • Delta Airlines - Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnatti, Detroit, New York LaGuardia, Orlando
  • Frontier Airlines - Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia
  • Southwest Airlines - Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Meyers, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York LaGuardia, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington National
  • United Airlines - Chicago O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Newark

By Train - Amtrak

Amtrak service to the Midwest unfortunately doesn't come that close to Scattergood. The closest stations are listed on the Amtrak site, as follows.

The California Zephyr runs daily from Chicago Union Station to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, departing at 2 pm and arriving at 5:59 pm. The cheapest one-way fare from Chicago is $40. This long-distance train offers checked baggage service, lounge cars, and a dining car, and it travels between Chicago and Emeryville, CA. Travelers coming from the East Coast arriving on the Lake Shore Limited from New York or Boston will need to change trains in Chicago, and the cheapest one-way fare on those trains is about $150.


By Bus

There are multiple bus lines that serve Iowa City, which is about 15 miles from Scattergood. None of them directly service West Branch, but if you're arriving from the east, you'll be able to wave at Scattergood as you fly by on I-80. It will be easy to organize a ride to pick you up from Iowa City's bus station, just email Peace City ahead of time.


By Car

From the west:

  1. Navigate from your location to I-80 East.
  2. Follow I-80 East to S. Downey St/Parkside Dr in Springdale. Take exit 254 towards West Branch.
  3. Turn LEFT onto S Downey St/Parkside Dr.
  4. Turn RIGHT onto E Main St.
  5. Continue onto 290th St.
  6. Turn RIGHT onto Delta Ave.
  7. Scattergood Friends School will be on your right.

From the east:

  1. Navigate from your location to I-80 West.
  2. Follow I-80 West to S. Downey St/Parkside Dr in Springdale. Take exit 254 towards West Branch.
  3. Turn RIGHT onto S Downey St/Parkside Dr.
  4. Turn RIGHT onto E Main St.
  5. Continue onto 290th St.
  6. Turn RIGHT onto Delta Ave.
  7. Scattergood Friends School will be on your right.


On Foot or Bicycle

Adding directions here is probably not a good idea because road closures and desired stop-over places may affect the route you take. You might want to consult Google Maps, which can supply very detailed walking directions from a surprising number of locations.

Mail Bus at Scattergood, 07/28/1986

 

Working inside the Mail Bus, Scattergood Friends School, July 28, 1986