Highlights of Dubuque, Iowa
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Dubuque's lively waterfront
Iowa's oldest city, Dubuque (population 62,000) has shaken out of its long industrial sleep, remaking its Mississippi River waterfront as a lively destination. The Mississippi Riverwalk moves through the aggressively redeveloped area, part of a 26-mile Heritage Trail stretching to the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville.
The route starts at the Smithsonian-affiliated National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium with fresh-water aquariums and cool hands-on exhibits. In summer, live music rocks the riverside amphitheater. River's Edge Plaza, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor pavilion, serves as a landmark for Mississippi riverboats and excursion vessels.
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Pictured: Crowds flock to Dubuque each June for America's River Festival on the banks of the Mississippi.