Suggested Tours in Eastern Iowa

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QUAD CITIES CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 102 South Harrison Street Davenport, Iowa 52801 (800) 747-7800 TOUR 1: Northeast Iowa, a 3-day tour Day One: Arrive in Dubuque. Purchase gifts in specialty and antique shops and ride the world's shortest, steepest cable car. Enjoy a progressive lunch graced with Victorian elegance. At riverfront museums you will learn of the adventure which filled daily life in the early river days. Experience an excellent meal and entertainment while cruising the beautiful Mississippi River Mark Twain-style, aboard a riverboat. Overnight at Dubuque. Day Two: Arrive in Dyersville, enjoy a tranquil visit to one of only 36 basilicas in the U.S. Continue west to Waterloo. Following lunch enjoy a variety of interactive attractions downtown, from touring a Victorian home to embarking on a voyage through the galaxy. Travel north to Waverly where you will delight in an elegant, gourmet meal, while enjoying the rural scenery on a 3-hour train excursion. Overnight in Waverly. Day Three: Arrive in Nashua and visit the wedding chapel made famous by a popular hymn. Northeast of Nashua in Spillville, you will be treated to Czechoslovakian fare for lunch after marveling at the craftsmanship in a collection of clocks hand-carved by two former area farmers. A few miles away in Decorah learn about the immigration of Norwegians to the U.S., and eventually to northeast Iowa, at one of the most renowned Norwegian-American museums in the country. Traveling east to the Marquette/McGregor area you will experience scenic views of state forest and national monument areas once inhabited by area Native Americans. This evening you may browse antique shops along the riverfront and enjoy a Mississippi catfish dinner before turning in. Overnight in Marquette/McGregor. TOUR 2: Central Eastern Iowa, a 4-day tour Day One: Arrive in Quad Cities. Enjoy a unique island tour featuring a variety of historic sites. Historic surroundings set the atmosphere for lunch and shopping. Experience child-like fun or adult culture at your choice of museums. Fine dining and Mississippi River gambling fun await you this evening aboard a National Historic Landmark. Overnight in the Quad Cities Day Two: In nearby Le Claire and Princeton, venture into the wild west as you pay a tribute to Buffalo Bill Cody and the American Indian. Travel west to West Branch for a visit to the birthplace and presidential library of Herbert Hoover. Travel on to Iowa City/Coralville for lunch followed by a tour of old and new-Iowa's first capital and a university hospital which is a leader in medical education and research. After dinner, enjoy the performing arts at their best. Overnight in Iowa City/Coralville. Day Three: Arrive in Kalona, where you will experience the history and present day life of the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi. Enjoy lunch today in the warm atmosphere of an Amish home. Travel north to the Amana Colonies. Learn the difference between "Amish" and "Amana;" experience the bakeries, woolen mill, brewery, basket shops, wineries and unique specialty shops; and get your fill of hearty German food. Travel north to Cedar Rapids. Overnight in Cedar Rapids. Day Four: Experience Old-World Czechoslovakian charm as you tour an immigrant home and specialty shops. Indulge in a kolache before you leave! Marvel at the beauty of Queen Anne-style mansion. Groups will enjoy an old-fashioned picnic lunch at a charming historical village where turn-of-the-century small-town Iowa is revisited. Further east in Stone City, the paintings of famed artist Grant Wood come to life in the rolling hills and limestone architecture. In Maquoketa visit an art gallery located in an historic mill. Follow the Mississippi River south into Clinton and prepare for a funfilled evening aboard a restored showboat theater. Overnight in Clinton. TOUR 3: Southeast Iowa, a 4-day tour Day One: Arrive in Burlington. "The crookedest street in the world" takes you to a fascinating district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Purchase gifts and souvenirs at several antique and specialty shops. Tour a historical museum located on the first apple orchards west of the Mississippi. Down-home country fun and Iowa home-cooking await you at a century-old farm that features theater, children's play barn, crafts, farm animals and hayrack rides. Overnight at Burlington. Day Two: Follow the Great River Road south into Fort Madison. Learn the community's history at an old Santa Fe railroad station. Visit a replica of America's first fort on the upper Mississippi River. Enjoy lunch and a scenic river view aboard a riverboat. Travel south to Keokuk where you will tour the home of the first Supreme Court Justice from west of the Mississippi, appointed by Abraham Lincoln. Enjoy a spectacular view of the river as you visit the burial site of Chief Keokuk. Learn river facts old and new as you tour a restored sternwheel towboat which now houses old-time, river-era artifacts, a hydro-electric power station on a mile-long dam and the largest lock on the Mississippi River. Honor over 600 Civil War victims at Iowa's only national cemetery. Overnight in Keokuk. Day Three: A scenic drive through state forest land takes you to the Villages of VanBuren, an unspoiled area filled with restored buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Districts. Stroll through village gift shops, tour a home that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, relax in beautifully-wooded parks and enjoy fine dining in a restored grist mill. Travel north to Fairfield, home of the Maharishi International University. Overnight in Fairfield. Day Four: Arrive in Mount Pleasant. Return to the days of Midwest farming past, tour the home of Iowa's first Republican U.S. Senator and enjoy America's largest collection of early theater memorabilia. After lunch, travel east to Muscatine. During a city tour you will learn why Mark Twain chose to live and work here in the 1850's. Visit an Edwardian mansion art gallery. Treat yourself to delicious Muscatine melon for an afternoon snack and stay long enough for the sunsets that Twain marveled at. TOUR 4: Agricultural Tour of Eastern Iowa, a 3-day tour Day One: Arrive in Dyersville. Tour the largest farm-toy manufacturer in the country. Enjoy a collection of over 25,000 farm toys dated from the 1920's to present. Visit the world-famous baseball field carved into a corn field - the "Field of Dreams" movie site. Following a country lunch, continue west to Waterloo/Cedar Falls. A collection of antique farm implements takes you back to the days when Iowa's farmland was tamed. Tour an authentic ice house which depicts the now-extinct ice harvest through a variety of displays. Have fun on the farm with an old-fashioned hayrack ride and barbecue! Overnight at Waterloo/Cedar Falls. Day Two: An entire John Deere tractor will be manufactured before your eyes. After lunch travel south along a scenic route through some of the world's most fertile farm land. Learn the history of a successful agricultural community as you tour sites in Vinton. Visit a wholesale distributor of herbs, spices, coffees and teas in Norway. In Garrison enjoy dinner and professional equity theater in a restored co-op dairy. Overnight in Cedar Rapids. Day Three: Experience turn-of-the-century rural life at an authentic c. 1900 farm. On a city tour, learn what makes Cedar Rapids the largest exporter per capita in the country, see the largest cereal mill in the world and several other agricultural industries. Travel to the Amanas for a hearty lunch in a barn atmosphere. Travel this afternoon to the Quad Cities. Meet a local farmer who will introduce you to his farm and how it operates. Dinner tonight features farm-like atmosphere.

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