Dubuque Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Dubuque Trip Guide

The state’s oldest city, Dubuque (population: 58,000) has lively historical districts near the mighty Mississippi.
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Courtesy of the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Fenelon Place Elevator.
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Hotel Julien Dubuque.
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What to do

Cable Car Square Victorian buildings house unique shops, galleries and restaurants in a two-block area. (815) 747-2504.

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens The only all-volunteer arboretum in the country features award-winning gardens. (563) 556-2100; dubuquearboretum.net

Eagle Point Park Above Lock and Dam No. 11, 164 acres provide picnic spots and Mississippi views. (563) 589-4263; cityofdubuque.org

Fenelon Place Elevator Enjoy a short ride on the world's steepest scenic railway to magnificent city and tri-state views on a bluff. (563) 582-6496; dbq.com/fenplco

Field of Dreams movie site A century-old farm in Dyersville (28 miles west) made movie history. People still come to sit in the bleachers and run the bases. Free. (888) 875-8404; fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com

Great River Wine Trail The nine wineries on the trail are located in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin; you’ll find them all within 30 minutes of the Julien Dubuque Bridge. (319) 930-3185; thegreatriverwinetrail.com

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area A 1,387-acre National Historic Landmark encompases limestone cliffs and bluffs, stands of old timber and Catfish Creek along 21 miles of hiking trails. Free. (563) 556-0620; minesofspain.org

National Farm Toy Museum This Dyersville fun house displays thousands of scale-model farm toys. (563) 875-2727; nationalfarmtoymuseum.com

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium The experience at the recently expanded riverfront museum includes an immersion theater, Mississippi snail touch tank and 12 big aquariums full of river creatures. (800) 226-3369; rivermuseum.com

Where to eat

Catfish Charlie’s River Club In a casual setting, enjoy Cajun cornmeal catfish along with Mississippi River views. (563) 582-8600; catfishcharliesdubuque.com

Mario’s Italian Restaurant Try the panzerotti, a doughy pizza turnover, at a long-standing favorite. (563) 556-9424.

Pepper Sprout Make reservations to taste the gourmet, seasonal Midwestern cuisine prepared with upscale flair. Atmosphere and service are top-shelf. (563) 556-2167; peppersprout.com

Where to stay

Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark The seven-story hotel and indoor water park stands on the Mississippi riverfront. (866) 690-4006; grandharborresort.com

The Hancock House Some of the nine rooms in this Queen Anne Victorian bed-and-breakfast have whirlpools. (563) 557-8989; thehancockhouse.com

Hotel Julien Dubuque Experience the splendor of a bygone era at this luxury boutique hotel. (563) 556-4200; hoteljuliendubuque.com

Four Mounds Bed and Breakfast The rooms are handsome at this inn overlooking the Mississippi. The Majestic River suite, with a sleeping porch, is a stunner. (563) 556-1908; fourmounds.org

For information: Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 798-8844; traveldubuque.com

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