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Dubuque, IA

Travel Guide
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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

American Inn and Suites
American Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
100 Peosta St, Peosta, IA
The price is $70 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Situated in Peosta, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mississippi River, Swiss Valley Park, and Sundown Mountain. Five Flags Center and The Meadows Golf Club ...
3.7/5Good! (501 reviews)
"The size of the room was great and very clean"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

American Inn and Suites
Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
450 Main St, Dubuque, IA
The price is $113 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in Downtown Dubuque, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Five Flags Center, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, and Diamond Jo Casino. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (949 reviews)
"I thought it was rather expensive and there wasn’t a free breakfast!"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Julien Dubuque
Hotel Julien Dubuque
3.5 out of 5
200 Main Street, Dubuque, IA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $146 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Downtown Dubuque, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mississippi River and Five Flags Center. Diamond Jo Casino is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"Food for dinner over-priced and not worth price for dinner."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Hotel Julien 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 $100 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated in Dubuque, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mississippi River and within 3 mi (5 km) of Diamond Jo Casino and Five Flags Center. UnityPoint ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Perfect accommodations!!
"Easy accessibility to everything dubuque!! Communication with property owner was easy and fast responses! Will be staying here again!"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Cozy Little Getaway in the Heart of the City. A Short Drive From Galena
Moon River Cabins
Moon River Cabins
3 out of 5
905 South Riverview Dr, Bellevue, IA
Situated in Bellevue, this beach cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bellevue State Park and Riverview Park. Bellevue Golf Club and Mines of Spain State Recreation ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"We were very impressed with the up keep of the cabin. Very clean and comfortable. Beyond our expectations."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Moon River Cabins
Lake's End Cabin Resort
Lake's End Cabin Resort
3 out of 5
20105 247th St, Manchester, IA
Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Joseph Baum Memorial Park, Tirril Park, and Regional Medical Center. Hart Ridge Golf Course is ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Great location
"Nice cabin with a fire pit out front. It is a nice dark area and it offers privacy except from people in the other 3 cabins. It is close enough to town to get groceries and offers a quite nights sleep."

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

Lake's End Cabin Resort
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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