Metro CC, The Walking Tourists team to offer Midwest travel classes

Want to learn about day trips from the Omaha area? Maybe check out places where legends and celebrities called home in the Midwest? How about checking out some of the natural beauty we have in the region? These and more are the focus of a Midwest Travel class that we and Metropolitan Community College are […]

Smelling the flowers in our Midwest botanical gardens

Spring is in full bloom. So are the flowers and plants in our area. We thought we’d take a look at the botanical gardens available to Midwesterners to take in nature’s beauty. Lisa and I realized we’ve been to quite a few during our travels wound the Midwest. I know we’ll see more gardens as […]

Arbor Day has roots in Nebraska; Tree beauty abounds

Warren Buffett is credited with saying “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago.” How many of us even think about a tree’s life when we see them or take a rest under the shade? I know I’ve been among the many who complain during the Fall when leaves […]

Dubuque – Tour the Mississippi Riverfront Giveaway

We were on our way to the start of our vacation in Wisconsin last summer.  Just before we hit the Wisconsin border, we drove by Dubuque, IA.  It immediately caught my eye as a place that I wanted to come back and check out later.  Something about the look and feel even from the brief […]

Play Ball! It’s baseball playoffs season

Major League Baseball’s postseason gets underway Tuesday and Wednesday with the Wild Card games. The Divisional rounds start Thursday. The Midwest is represented by two Missouri teams for the first time since 1985. The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League’s Central Division championship. The Kansas City Royals are one of the two American League […]

Dubuque botanical garden sprouts beautiful flowers

The beauty of flowers. The fragrance of the flora. Nothing says summer like a walk in a flower garden. That’s what we did one night to cap a day of activities during our visit to Dubuque. The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden was a nice way to spend about an hour. The botanical garden isn’t […]

Dubuque’s Mississippi River museum explores life on the river

Life on the Mississippi River can vary from the northlands of Minnesota to the bayou of Louisiana. The river runs 2,340 long before ending at the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the fourth largest river in the world. Traveling that length gives different views of the United States. The story of the Mississippi is shared at […]

Mines of Spain park home to Dubuque city namesake

Considered the first European settler to visit the northeast Iowa area, Julien Dubuque left a legacy. Iowa’s eighth largest city is named after the French-Canadian fur trader. Dubuque settled in the area during the late 1780s. He received permission from the Meskwaki Indians to mine lead during that time. Within the decade, Spain’s control of […]

Dubuque incline is a historical ride

Imagine living about two blocks from your office, yet having it take longer than an hour to commute. If you were banker J.K. Graves in 1800s Dubuque, that’s exactly what it took to go home for lunch and return to work. Graves lived on a bluff overlooking downtown Dubuque. The city was known as an […]

Hotel Julien a 4-star stay in Dubuque

The Hotel Julien has provided Dubuque with grace and elegance as the area’s oldest hotel. The 4-star property opened in 1839. The hotel – named after the city’s “founder” Julien Dubuque – has withstood time and fires in becoming the must-see attraction. It has hosted several famous people – Abraham Lincoln, Buffalo Bill Cody and […]

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