Dubuque, IA

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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

Days Inn by Wyndham Dubuque
Days Inn by Wyndham Dubuque
2 out of 5
1111 Dodge St, Dubuque, IA, 52003
The price is $60 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Dubuque. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.3/5 (999 reviews)
Don’t favor loyal customers
"They are not accommodating at all and I’ve been staying there for the past 9 yrs ….. sad to say will be looking else where for next year and it’s a bummer cuz I bring other families that stay there also"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Days Inn by Wyndham Dubuque
Hotel Julien Dubuque
Hotel Julien Dubuque
3.5 out of 5
200 Main Street, Dubuque, IA, 52001
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $149 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Dubuque. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"The hotel is beautiful! Friendly staff, very clean. If you love history this is a great place to stay!"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Hotel Julien Dubuque
Super 8 by Wyndham Dubuque
Super 8 by Wyndham Dubuque
2 out of 5
2730 Dodge St, Dubuque, IA, 52003
The price is $75 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Dubuque. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
3.3/5 (1,001 reviews)
"Just passing through. Cheap motel nothing special"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Super 8 by Wyndham Dubuque
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.
Cozy little getaway in the heart of the city. A short drive from Galena.
Cozy little getaway in the heart of the city. A short drive from Galena.
Dubuque, IA
The price is $125 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this vacation home in Dubuque. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the WiFi and the family amenities in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (91 reviews)
Great location and clean
"The home was as we expected. It was clean and cozy. And big enough for us. Robert was very responsive and helpful with all our questions. We will definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Cozy little getaway in the heart of the city. A short drive from Galena.
💙BRAND NEW💙 Upstairs Unit w/ Loft
💙BRAND NEW💙 Upstairs Unit w/ Loft
Dubuque, IA
The price is $149 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
Stay at this apartment in Dubuque. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Diamond Jo Casino and Mystique Casino are located nearby. ...
2.5/5 (2 reviews)
Great space and location
"Our true rating for this property is 4.5. It was a really great space and location and served our needs perfectly. This is a new VRBO property and we feel it was missing a few minor things that we will recommend directly to the property owner. Comfortable beds and nice kitchen facility. We will more ..."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

💙BRAND NEW💙 Upstairs Unit w/ Loft
Montana House #202 - The Luxurious Downtown Stay
Montana House #202 - The Luxurious Downtown Stay
Dubuque, IA
The price is $135 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this ski condo in Dubuque. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and ski-in/ski-out access. Popular attractions Diamond Jo Casino and Mystique Casino are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
College Friend Getaway
"We enjoyed our stay at the property. It had all the amenities as described. and location was close to restaurants and coffee shops."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Montana House #202 - The Luxurious Downtown Stay
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.

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