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 […]

Dubuque River Walk offers great views

The Mississippi River offers a beautiful backdrop to Dubuque’s River Walk. Built atop a levee and part of the larger Heritage Trail system of more than 40 miles, the River Walk gives people a chance to enjoy nature and urban environments together. On one side of the walk is the world’s fourth largest river. On […]

Dubuque’s Eagle Point Park great place for nature

Eagle Point Park appears to have a double meaning. The Dubuque park is supposed to be great for eagle viewing, but it also gives you an eagle’s eye viewing of the Mississippi River. The park stands high atop a bluff with the Mississippi River below. At one point, you can view three states – Iowa, […]

‘Field of Dreams,’ the sequel

Last year, we stopped at the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville, Iowa, on our way to Wisconsin.  We made another stop this year on our trip to Dubuque. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the film. A celebration takes place this weekend. About 11,000 people are expected to visit the site, according […]

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