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Davenport Trip Guide

German immigrants and the Mississippi River—flowing east to west here rather than its usual north to south—shaped Davenport (population: 101,000). Explore those forces in the heart of the Quad Cities.
Davenport Skybridge. Courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Putnam Museum. Courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau
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German American Heritage Center. Courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Hotel Blackhawk
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What to do

Putnam Museum Get up close to polar bears in the Hall of Mammals, learn the way of the samurai in the Asian Gallery, or have fun with hands-on experiments in the new Science Center. (563) 324-1933; putnam.org

Vander Veer Botanical Park Explore a 33-acre park's conservatory, gardens and lagoon. (563) 326-7818; cityofdavenport.com

Bucktown Center for the Arts More than a dozen shops and studios with pottery, jewelry, photography and other arts fill a historical building downtown. (563) 424-1210; bucktownarts.com

Davenport Skybridge Get views of the Mississippi River from 50 feet up when you cross River Drive and railroad tracks via the Skybridge walkway. The view is even more impressive at night because of colored lights. cityofdavenportiowa.com

Figge Art Museum Its collection of more than 4,000-plus pieces dates from the 16th century to the present and includes one gallery dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright's work. You and the kids can create art at a family activity center. (563) 326-7804; figgeartmuseum.org

German American Heritage Center Housed in an 1860s hotel where many German immigrants stayed, this center focuses on the immigrants' experiences, as well as the history of the Quad Cities area and German culture. (563) 322-8844; gahc.org

Nahant Marsh A self-guided tour through the marsh introduces you to several types of wetland environments. The educational center hosts events for kids and adults. (563) 323-5196; nahantmarsh.org

Where to eat

Cafe Indigo Creative breakfasts include delicious French toast stuffed with strawberries and an artichoke-and-asiago frittata. (563) 359-5211; qccafeindigo.com

The Machine Shed Stuffed pork chops, pot roast, and creamed chicken and biscuits are among the hearty, from-scratch meals at this farm-theme restaurant. (563) 391-2427; machineshed.com

Fresh Deli by Nostalgia Farms Located next to the Freight House Farmers Market, Fresh Deli serves local ingredients in artful recipes, such as chilled beet buttermilk soup or bison sliders. (563) 424-4561; Fresh Deli on Facebook

Lagomarcino’s Soda Fountain Indulge in hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, ice cream sodas and chocolate-covered toffees at this century-old store. (563) 324-6137; lagomarcinos.com

Where to stay

Radisson Quad City Plaza Downtown, the Radisson skywalk connects to RiverCenter and the Adler Theatre. An expansive atrium anchors the hotel. From $129. (563) 322-2200; radisson.com/davenportia

Hotel Blackhawk The refurbished 11-story Hotel Blackhawk blends classic and contemporary styles to create a chic overnight spot downtown. From $246. (563) 322-5000; hotelblackhawk.com

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