Clear Lake, Iowa: Buddy Holly Crash Site

It's the spot where the beloved rocker with the geek glasses and hiccup-y voice met an early end. The site is often marked with items added by visitors.

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Gull Ave and 315th St.

Buddy Holly Crash Site

Grouse Avenue is closed due to construction. Instead take 300th Street to Fir, make a right and go down to 320th Street, make another right, and then the immediate next right onto Gull. Park just opposite 315th Street and you will see the famed glasses. Follow the fence which will be on your right to the memorial. Beautifully moving.

[John L., 06/30/2013]

Buddy Holly crash site nearby.

Buddy Holly Crash Site

Great directions! Wouldn't have found the crash site without your help.

[JayCJay, 02/14/2013]

Buddy Holly crash site.

Buddy Holly Crash Site

We took a family day trip to northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. The Iowa tourist information people recommended stopping here, but didn't know the exact directions. Thanks to my good friend Google we found roadsideamerica.com. Your directions were perfect, but we came from the north and could have saved a little time by taking the County B20 exit. Never once saw any sign leading to the crash site. It's a neat little shrine commemorating everyone. A real quick and close freeway detour, worth the time for a picture and to say you have been there.

[Gary & Crystal Hopkins, 11/10/2012]

Celebrity tragic ends and easy highway access don't always connect...

Buddy Holly glasses.

Buddy Holly Crash Site

The glasses were again intact! The directions provided on the site were fantastic.

[Bruce, 06/30/2010]

Missing glasses.

Buddy Holly Crash Site

I am on tour with a band called Sugar Red Drive and the Tour Mgr Jay and I decided to take the band to see the Buddy Holly crash site on our way to Des Moines (Our first time as well). After looking up all the information we needed, we arrived at the the entrance to the trail and were astonished to see the sculpture of the Buddy Holly glasses is no longer there. We were there at 5 am in the morning and I don't think they put it away at night....Shame if someone took it, but a must see if you're in the area.

[Gregg Morris, 07/28/2009]

Renee reports the glasses were there at the end of July.

Buddy Holly Crash Site

Address:
22728 Gull Ave., Clear Lake, IA
Directions:
From the Surf Ballroom in town, drive north on Buddy Holly Place. Turn right at the stoplight onto US Hwy 18. Drive a half-mile. Turn left at the stoplight onto N. 8th St. Drive north about five miles. As the road bends left, turn right onto gravel 310th St. Drive a quarter-mile, then turn left onto gravel Gull Ave. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the big eyeglasses on the left, at the intersection of 315th St. You can park on the shoulder.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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