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Orange City, Iowa

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Orange City.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Orange City, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Orange City and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Orange City and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Orange City. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Orange City.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Sioux County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Sioux County sighting report from eBird.

Since Orange City is near Plymouth County and also O'Brien County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Plymouth County

Sighting report for O'Brien County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Orange City.

How Far From Orange City to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Orange City to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Orange City and extending to:

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 157 miles [252.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Orange City to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,029 miles [1,656 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,416 miles [10,325.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,171 miles [11,540.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,080 miles [8,175.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Orange City ...

While the name Orange City is unique within Iowa, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Volusia County

Our profile page for Orange City, Volusia County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,269 miles [2,042.3 km] to the Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Orange City ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Archer   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northeast of Orange City   [Map]

Craig   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hull   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Mapleside   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Marcus   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Merrill   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Plymouth (Historic)   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Rock Valley   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Ruble   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Union Center   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Sioux County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Orange City. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Sioux County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orange City) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Orange City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Orange City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orange City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0017, Longitude: -96.0569     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orange City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Orange City to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.241 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.127 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.626 degrees.

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