Hotel at a Glance: Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark
Nestled in the Port of Dubuque, Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is surrounded by Dubuque’s historical downtown, scenic bluffs, and the Mississippi River. Enjoy the view from your comfortable room, or head downstairs for family-friendly fun. In the water park, you can glide down water slides, play in waterspouts, or float down the lazy river (one of this Getaway’s options includes admission). Test your luck in the onsite arcade with such games as Wheel of Fortune, Whack-a-Mole, and skee-ball while collecting tickets to redeem for prizes.
- Grab a bite at Tony Roma’s Restaurant, which serves up tender barbecue ribs and juicy steaks; it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Fit in a workout while looking out to the bluffs from the hotel’s renovated fitness center.
- Raise the stakes: Just steps from the resort, Diamond Jo Casino offers a bowling alley, dueling pianos, and a comedy club; Mystique Casino is home to 1,000 slot machines, Vegas-style games, and live greyhound racing.
- Mighty Mississippi: The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, a Smithsonian affiliate, offers a hands-on boatyard, wetland nature trails, freshwater aquariums, and a 4D immersion theater. It’s located just a short walk from the hotel.
- Find a new favorite wine at Stone Cliff Winery’s tasting room and wine bar, where you can sample cabernet sauvignon and riesling, as well as strawberry-rhubarb and apple-berry wines.
Dubuque, Iowa: Pastoral Charm along Mississippi River
Located along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, just across the Wisconsin border, Dubuque’s natural setting makes it ideal for picturesque hikes such as Heritage Trail, a 26-mile mountain trek. The trail links Dubuque with Dyersville, the site where Field of Dreams was filmed and the first baseball was harvested. A stroll along the Port of Dubuque’s riverwalk goes past Victorian architecture, eclectic sculptures by local artists, and the city’s iconic clock tower.
For a history-centered day trip, take a scenic 20-mile drive east of the river to the charming town of Galena, Illinois, where you’ll find wineries, antiques stores, and blacksmith shops. The Ulysses S. Grant Home sits on a hill overlooking the town. The 18th president and Union general was given this Italianate house upon his triumphant return to his hometown after the Civil War ended in 1865.