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Dubuque Travel Guide

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.


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Days Inn Dubuque

Days Inn Dubuque

1111 Dodge St, Dubuque
3.1
of 5, from 300 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dubuque, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Julien Dubuque Bridge, Dubuque Welcome Center, and Fourth Street Elevator. Dubuque Museum of Art and Carnegie-Stout Public Library are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£64
Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

350 Bell St, Dubuque
3.9
of 5, from 147 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Dubuque, this hotel is steps from Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and Grand River Center. National Rivers Hall of Fame and Riverboat Museum are also within 10 minutes.

£49
Baymont Inn and Suites Dubuque

Baymont Inn and Suites Dubuque

4025 Mcdonald Dr, Dubuque
3.4
of 5, from 179 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Dubuque, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Kennedy Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bell Tower Theater and Bunker Hill Golf Course. University of Dubuque and Loras College are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£60
Hotel Julien Dubuque

Hotel Julien Dubuque

200 Main Street, Dubuque
4.6
of 5, from 333 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Dubuque, this spa hotel is steps from Dubuque Welcome Center and Dubuque Art Center. National Rivers Hall of Fame and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are also within 10 minutes.

£44
Quality Inn & Suites

Quality Inn & Suites

100 Peosta St, Peosta
3.6
of 5, from 26 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Peosta, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sundown Mountain, The Meadows Golf Club, and Kennedy Mall. Bell Tower Theater and Bunker Hill Golf Course are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£72
Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center

Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center

3100 Dodge St, Dubuque
4.3
of 5, from 195 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Dubuque hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kennedy Mall, Bunker Hill Golf Course, and Bell Tower Theater. Matter Creative Center and Dubuque Welcome Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£42
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

1020 W Main St, Manchester
3.1
of 5, from 45 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Manchester, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tirril Park and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Joseph Baum Memorial Park. Hart Ridge Golf Course is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) away.

£59
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dubuque

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dubuque

1315 Associates Dr, Dubuque
3.9
of 5, from 111 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Dubuque, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kennedy Mall, Bell Tower Theater, and Bunker Hill Golf Course. University of Dubuque and Loras College are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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