It’s all about water where Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin meet.

Exploring the Mighty Mississippi in Dubuque
Credit: Courtesy of Dubuque Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

At the point where three states—Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin—meet, the Port of Dubuque offers educational and entertaining attractions that showcase “America’s River.” Dating back to 1833, it’s also Iowa’s oldest city, and has architecture to match, which only enhances its appeal. Public transportation is limited (to buses and taxis), so you’ll want a car to get around.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Touch pools, gators, otters, and nature trails spotlight Mississippi River wildlife.

Celebration River Cruises

Take in America’s second-longest waterway on a deluxe 800-passenger riverboat—short and full-day excursions are narrated, and dinner cruises are available.

Catfish Charlie's

The restaurant overlooks the Mississippi and offers casual fine dining—seafood, steaks, and alligator nuggets!


Go for the creative bar food, like Benjamin’s Pizza with chicken, buffalo sauce, jalapeños, and cheddar.

Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

The location provides views of the Mississippi, access to downtown Dubuque, and Iowa’s first themed indoor water park.