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Dubuque sits at the meeting point of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, a city shaped by the Mississippi River that carves up the state lines. Visit the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium for an engaging and interactive look at this major waterway. There’s also a hotel with its own waterpark, hills with river views and a stylish downtown area with a fine selection of restaurants.

Rent a car through Orbitz while you’re visiting Dubuque to explore the town and surrounding region. By staying here you can drive into three states in one trip, ticking major Midwest destinations off your bucket list.


Dubuque and beyond: Roaming the Midwest

Dubuque sits at the meeting point of three states, making it an ideal launching point to explore the cities and wildlife of the Midwest. Here are three nearby destinations that capture the region’s appeal.

Cedar Rapids

Niche parts of Iowa’s history come to life in the state’s second largest city. The story of immigration to the frontier is charted in the National Czech and Slovak Museum, while the Iowa Masonic Library and Museum contains ephemera related to the secretive order of Masons. Cedar Rapids is also a modern, exciting city, with a large art gallery, a booming beer scene, and a stylish downtown district.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 75 miles

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

Discover enticingly serene pockets of nature along the banks of the Mississippi River, on the eastern edge of the state. The refuge actually crosses over four states, with forests lining the banks and bald eagles soaring through the skies. Come here in November to see tundra swans flocking to the river on their annual migrations. The refuge is covered in hiking and biking trails, as well as spots to fish and hunt.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 45 miles

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s largest city sits on the edge of Lake Michigan, within easy reach of Dubuque. This is a city that loves its beer – the drink is such an essential part of the city’s history that they’ve nicknamed it Brew City – so a brewery tour is compulsory while you’re in town. There’s also the Milwaukee Art Museum, a number of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, and a museum dedicated to Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Journey time: Around 2 hours 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 175 miles