Dubuque, IA

Travel Guide
Dubuque featuring a sunset, a bridge and a river or creek
Take a ride on Iowa’s only authentic paddle wheeler, visit a casino or enjoy the many miles of recreational trails in this historic port town.

Dubuque is situated in the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. The city offers visitors a vibrant casino and gaming scene and many modern tourist attractions. It also provides easy access to the beautiful countryside around the Mississippi.

Start your visit to Dubuque by taking a stroll along the Mississippi Riverwalk to Dubuque Harbor. This area used to be an industrial center but has now been modernized and reconstructed. It features many tourist attractions and a number of casinos and is one of the most popular destinations in Iowa.

Visit the Grand Harbor Waterpark Resort or take a ride on a paddle wheeler that has been running for more than 20 years. To learn more about the river and its wildlife, pay the fee and enter the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The six aquariums feature a wide range of animals including beavers and alligators.

While you are at the harbor, take a look at the historical landmarks around the old port. To the north is one of Dubuque’s oldest historical landmarks: the 120-foot- (37-meter-) tall Shot Tower. From 1856 to 1861, musket balls were produced here. Drops of molten lead would fall through the tower and cool into balls by the time they hit the water.

For some outdoor activity, drive 5 miles (8 kilometers) south to Mines of Spain State Park. This wooded expanse of hills and trails follows the Mississippi River as it flows southeast from the Dubuque city center. Hike the short Horseshoe Bluff Trail to reach a hillside viewpoint and look out over Dubuque to the north and the Mississippi to the south. There is a fee to enter the park.

Dubuque has a regional airport about a 20-minute drive south of town. You can use one of the shuttle services into town, take a taxi or hire a rental car. There are several bus lines that run within Dubuque, but it is best to have access to a car if you would like to reach the parks on the outskirts of town.

Where to stay in Dubuque

Downtown Dubuque which includes a river or creek and modern architecture as well as a large group of people

Downtown Dubuque

Downtown Dubuque is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Five Flags Center and Fourth Street Elevator while you're in town.

Downtown Dubuque
Hotel Julien Dubuque
Hotel Julien Dubuque
3.5 out of 5
200 Main Street, Dubuque, IA
The price is $108 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 10
$108
$123 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 9 - Jun 10
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Dubuque. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our ...
9/10 Wonderful! (1,029 reviews)
Old tvs
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Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Hotel Julien Dubuque
Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark
Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark
3.5 out of 5
350 Bell St, Dubuque, IA
The price is $80 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 18
$80
$103 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 17 - Jun 18
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Dubuque. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
7.6/10 Good! (1,000 reviews)
"overlooking the river!"

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark
Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center
Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center
2.5 out of 5
3100 Dodge St, Dubuque, IA
The price is $114 per night from May 19 to May 20
$114
$128 total
includes taxes & fees
May 19 - May 20
Book a stay at this family-friendly hotel in Dubuque. Enjoy free breakfast, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Easy access, clean, friendly helpful staff"

Reviewed on May 6, 2024

Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Amazing! 2 Bed Townhouse in the HEART of Dbq!
Amazing! 2 Bed Townhouse in the HEART of Dbq!
Dubuque
Stay at this vacation home in Dubuque. Enjoy a garden, patios, and cable/satellite TV service. Popular attractions Diamond Jo Casino and Fourth Street Elevator ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Relaxing
"The owners were very attentive to our needs and answered our questions promptly. The beds were super comfy, the neighborhood was quiet and it was decorated in a fun style."

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Amazing! 2 Bed Townhouse in the HEART of Dbq!
Secluded Retreat ~ Indoor Pool ~ Close To Sundown Mountain ~ Hot Tub / Sauna!
Secluded Retreat ~ Indoor Pool ~ Close To Sundown Mountain ~ Hot Tub / Sauna!
Dubuque
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10/10 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Perfect place for a family get-together!
"There were twelve of us staying here for a mini family reunion with my siblings, our spouses/significant others and my parents. The house is new and very clean. The house sits on a hill with a great view. Since we only had a couple of days together, we wanted to maximize our time being able to talk ..."

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Secluded Retreat ~ Indoor Pool ~ Close To Sundown Mountain ~ Hot Tub / Sauna!
Perfect Get away - private, updated home in The Galena Territory
Perfect Get away - private, updated home in The Galena Territory
Galena
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10/10 Exceptional! (115 reviews)
Great vacation property
"Great property! Highly recommend. Seeing all the turkeys walking around the back yard a big plus too."

Reviewed on May 5, 2024

Perfect Get away - private, updated home in The Galena Territory
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