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Visit Dubuque’s National Mississippi River Museum

You’ll learn all you need to know about the Mississippi River at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. I allowed three hours, but I could have spent days exploring the Dubuque, Iowa, attraction. Every member of the family will find much to enjoy in the three-building, 10-acre campus, and I highly recommend this great […]

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10 things to do at the Rock Island Arsenal and Museum

The Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island have witnessed more than 160 years of recorded American history. Most famously, Abraham Lincoln chased Black Hawk around Illinois in 1832. Since Lincoln was involved, I always thought Black Hawk was from central Illinois. And then I visited the Quad Cities. Black Hawk’s village, Saukenuk, stood on Illinois’

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Explore the 10 best things to do in LeClaire, Iowa

LeClaire, Iowa, is the perfect weekend getaway. The History Channel’s TV show “American Pickers” made LeClaire famous nationwide. The show’s stars travel the nation searching treasures to fill Antique Archaeology, their store in Downtown Le Claire. The small river town is William Frederick Cody’s boyhood home; you know him as Buffalo Bill Cody. However, LeClaire is

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Top 5 reasons to visit Iowa’s National Czech and Slovak Museum

What does freedom mean to you? The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, answers that question in its “Faces of Freedom” exhibit. It says freedom can be “freedom from” or “freedom to.” Freedom from oppression, persecution, or fear. Freedom to live, travel, work, worship, and love. Cedar Rapids Tourism

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The 25 best Grant Wood places to visit in Iowa

An oversized lancet window guards the northbound Interstate 380 Grant Wood Rest Area between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City in Eastern Iowa. The window frame is instantly recognizable as a tribute to American Gothic, America’s most famous artwork. Images of the man and woman in the painting denote each restroom’s gender preference. Another Gothic window changes

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Ottumwa, Iowa: Best 25 things to do when you visit 

One of America’s greatest art icons, Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting, is set near Ottumwa, Iowa. However, the American Gothic House Center is far from the only reason to visit Ottumwa. You also must tour the Antique Airplane Association’s airpower museum and antique airfield. Shop and eat in Downtown Ottumwa, and explore the surprising Video Game Capital

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Honor veterans on Hero Street USA, Silvis, Illinois

Hero Street USA in Silvis, Illinois, is only a block and a half long, perched between Billy Goat Hill and Honey Creek. The short street near the Mississippi River lacked no shortage of sacrifice during World War II and the Korean War. Eight of the street’s young men gave the ultimate sacrifice during the mid-20th-century

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21 best things to do when you visit Fort Dodge, Iowa

Visit Fort Dodge uses “Dodge the Ordinary” to promote Fort Dodge, Iowa. The tagline accurately describes the perfect day trip or weekend getaway an hour and a half northwest of Des Moines. The Fort Dodge area’s attraction options should be on every traveler’s checklist, whether you enjoy art, architecture, history, shopping, or dining.  The hospitable

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The 35 best things to do in Manhattan, Kansas

Experience college-town excitement in beautiful Manhattan, Kansas. I enjoy visiting the Little Apple whenever possible. Who wouldn’t? After all, the Flint Hills’ scenic beauty surrounds Kansas State University’s home. The city of 55,000 people retains its small-town feel with midwestern charm, and every amenity is easily accessible. The city’s two shopping districts, Aggieville and Downtown

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