Since its first settlement in 1788, Dubuque, Iowa, has grown into a busy Mississippi River port town. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium shows this development, as well as the history of river navigation, beginning with Fulton's first commercial steamboat in 1807 and concluding with the 1993 floods. Accommodations in Dubuque range from campgrounds to business centers with prices as diverse as the lodgings. Most popular are Richards House Bed & Breakfast, the Mandolin Inn, the Hilton Garden Inn, Country Inn Suites, Heartland Inn, Econo Lodge, Holiday Inn, and Fairfield Inn.
Several lodges have meeting rooms and business centers within the main building. Country Inn Suites, for example, is a good place to hold conferences and meetings, with a restaurant, business center, several meeting rooms, wireless access, and a photocopy service on the premises.
Dining ranges from casual to elegant, the fun and family-friendly to the romantic. There are almost 400 establishments serving meals in and around Dubuque. About 50 have 5-star ratings, according to recent guests.
Higher education is prolific in Dubuque. Three liberal arts colleges offer a wide selection of degrees with many courses: University of Dubuque, Loras College, and Clarke University.
There is an all-in-one entertainment center in Dubuque. The Five Flags Center includes a historic theater, an arena for the hockey team (Dubuque Thunderbirds), concert venues, shows, and events.
The Main Street area features antique, souvenir, and gift shops, while Cable Car Square is home to boutique and specialty shops. Diehard shoppers find the 70-store Kennedy Mall nearby.