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Quad Cities refers to the metropolitan area either side of the Mississippi River, where five cities blend into one that crosses state lines. Hop between Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, then visit Rock Island, Moline and East Moline in Illinois. Visit the Broadway Historic District to glimpse Rock Island’s past, or the German American Heritage Center for a look at immigration in Davenport.
If you want to enjoy all five of the Quad Cities in one trip, rent a car through Orbitz. This means you can plan itineraries such as Bettendorf’s Family Museum in the morning and Moline’s zoo in the afternoon.
Rent a car in Quad Cities and you’ll be able to see some of the highlights of both Iowa and Illinois in one visit. We’ve picked three destinations to visit in your rental car.
Iowa City has a number of intriguing little pockets, such as the old Capitol building, which features exhibits on regional history. The University of Iowa brings with it a number of museums and events venues, including the popular Stanley Museum of Art. Don’t miss the Plum Grove Historical Site, which transports visitors back to the 19th century.
Journey time: Around one hour
Distance: Approximately 55 miles
One of the nation’s most celebrated leaders, Abraham Lincoln, called the city of Springfield home, making it an essential stop for history buffs. Visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to learn about the life and leadership of the man himself, before stopping by his Presidential Library and Museum next to the Old State Capitol.
Journey time: Around 2 hours 30 minutes
Distance: Approximately 165 miles
Chi-Town, the Windy City, Mud City… Chicago goes by many nicknames, which only capture a glimpse of the city’s immense character and charm. The buildings are jaw-dropping, with famous Frank Gehry and Lloyd Wright leaving indelible impacts on the city. Chicago’s foodie scene is a whole lot bigger than deep-dish pizza, and its sports fans are among the most dedicated in the world.
Journey time: Around three hours
Distance: Approximately 175 miles