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Why Dubuque?
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Why Dubuque?

Somewhere at the southernmost tip of Western Wisconsin three states meet. As one crosses the bridge into Iowa, they are greeted with the city of Dubuque.

Named after French fur trader, Julien Dubuque, this city provides an eclectic mix of history, architecture, river living combined with the full spectrum of modern amenities.

For the summer day tripper, treat yourself to a trip up and down the bluff by riding the Fenelon Place Elevator. Learn the whole story of how/why the world's steepest railway came to be. While being referred to as the world's steepest can be challenged, this writer believes it to be the only railway built to lengthen one businessman's afternoon nap.

For those that like to travel at a quicker pace, take on the zip line of Sky Tours at Union Park. Enjoy eleven zip lines as you rush through the forest at heights as high as 70 feet.

On the banks of the Mississippi, we need to talk water. For the casual visitor, Dubuque's Mississippi Riverwalk is worth the trip. It runs along the Port of Dubuque and is part of the 44-mile Heritage Trail. Items of historic interest near the trail are the Julien Dubuque Monument and the historic Shot Tower. Both take a bit of research to find but are steeped with the history of the region.

We can't visit the Mighty Mississippi without a boat ride, so it's time to figure out which choice fits. Many choices can be found, from paddle wheel dinner cruises all the way to adventure boating, so find the one that fits your comfort zone.

Once you spend the day in Dubuque visiting the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium or just walking the historic downtown you will realize visiting Dubuque is more than just a day trip.

Hint: For those looking to stay for a few days, Dubuque's Hotel Julien provides top-notch amenities in a historic setting. Situated in the heart of downtown, it is the perfect starting point for your adventures.

Looking for a Bed and Breakfast? Dubuque has a myriad of choices, many with onsite owners that love to discuss the rich history of the city. We especially love those situated on top of the bluff directly above all of historic downtown Dubuque, providing great views of the Mississippi.

No matter the season, there always seems to be an event or attraction pulling visitors to Dubuque. Visit Dubuque for a day and you may just start planning when to come back.

This is just the tip of the iceberg on what to see here. Proper planning will help you see much of what the city has to offer, yet this charming riverfront town always seems to leave the visitor wishing they had more time.

And we love their tag line: "Vacation Reinvented."

More visitor info can be found at: Travel Dubuque


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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Dubuque is such a treasure! Thanks for the post!
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