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An Inside Look at Where Iowa Started

Stunning views, unique architecture, savory cuisine and world-famous attractions have put Dubuque, Iowa, on the map.

Though there are many well-known attractions for groups to visit, including the Fenelon Place Elevator and the National Mississippi River Museum, there's even more to discover—if you know where to look. Take a deeper dive into Dubuque's past, present and future through a local's eyes.

As a lifelong Dubuquer, Whitney Sanger, Sales Manager of Travel Dubuque, knows a thing or two about exploring Dubuque's best-kept secrets and discovering the other side of Iowa's oldest city.

Julien Dubuque Monument
While two of Dubuque's most iconic landmarks—Fenelon Place Elevator and Eagle Point Park—get all the credit for its spectacular views, they're not the only places in town that provide a stunning overlook of the Mississippi River. The Julien Dubuque Monument offers striking river city panoramas groups can enjoy as well as tales of Iowa's past, including its Native American settlers and the city's founder, Julien Dubuque.

Cremer's Grocery
This old-fashioned market serves up Dubuquers' ultimate comfort food: the turkey and dressing sandwich. Not familiar with this local dish? Then embark on a Dubuque Food Tour, where groups will visit local spots Cremer's Grocery, Convivium Urban Farmstead and Betty Jane Candies with a Dubuque historian.

Jubeck New World Brewery
This nanobrewery was funded by local beer enthusiasts through a Kickstarter campaign and is the only one of its kind in the area. Jubeck offers groups an intimate setting and variety of flavorful brews to choose from.

Historic Progressive Dinner
Get a glimpse of some of Iowa's oldest architectural gems while enjoying tasty local dishes, tours of 19th-century homes led by costumed docents, and lively entertainment by a dynamic and talented duo. The Historic Progressive Dinner is exclusive to groups of 20 or more and offers a unique behind the scenes look of Dubuque and its colorful past.

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey
Meet the nuns who create handmade mouthwatering, heavenly caramels. The Abbey, situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, offers groups a peaceful and serene view of Iowa's landscape. Once you've tried their tasty treats, you will surely want more.

For more of an insider's guide to Dubuque, contact Whitney Sanger or visit

Content and photo courtesy of Travel Dubuque.

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