The trip starts at the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Harpers Ferry.
The Effigy Mounds National Monument has over 200 prehistoric Native American built mounds portraying animals, like bears and birds. The visitor’s center is in Harpers Ferry, about three miles north of Marquette.
Get a taste of the local vintage at the Eagles Landing Winery.
The Eagles Landing Winery is in the small town of Marquette. Visit the winery for some amazing tastings of their international award winning wines, ranging from sweet to dry.
See some of the most spectacular Mississippi views at the Pikes Peak State Park Overlook.
The overlook at Pikes Peak State Park offers incredible views of the Mississippi River. The overlook sits atop a 500 foot bluff, and you can see where the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers meet.
Stop for some home cooking at Breitbach’s Country Dining.
Located in Sherrill, Iowa and opened in 1852, Breitbach’s is Iowa’s oldest food and drink establishment. They’re famous for their delicious, made-from-scratch soups, pies and other desserts and a wide array of classic American dishes, like chicken, prime rib, fish and tasty sandwiches.
Learn more about the river at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.
Stop in Dubuque to visit the fascinating National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium where you can explore many exhibits and learn about the history of American rivers. The museum also features aquariums with wildlife that can be found in the Mississippi river.
Go to The Sawmill Museum in Clinton to learn about its pivotal role in the history of lumber.
The Clinton Sawmill Museum contains exhibits about the American lumber and forestry industries and Clinton’s part in its rich and interesting history.
Check out the art exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum.
The Figge Art Museum is located in Davenport and houses an impressive collection of over 4000 works of art. And the building itself is a work of art, designed by the Stirling Prize-winning architect, David Chipperfield. The museum includes many of famed Iowa artist Grant Wood’s works, including the only self-portrait he ever did. It also has a collection of pieces by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Stop off for dinner and a brew and unwind at Front Street Brewery.
This Dubuque brewery is over 100 years old and is the oldest brew pub in Iowa. They serve their own brews, as well as a variety of sandwiches and entrees, like Blackened Grilled Mahi and Pretzel Crusted Pork Tenderloin.
Visit Snake Alley, one of the most crooked streets in the world.
Burlington is home to this fascinating sight, a steep and winding road originally built in 1894. While the street was once named “The Crookedest Street in the World” by Ripley’s Believe It, Or Not!, it was actually beat out by San Francisco’s Lombard Street. Still, this street is crazy, and worth a visit!
Visit the George M. Verity Riverboat Museum.
This interesting museum in Victory Park in Keokuk along the riverfront. The museum features the George M. Verity, a towboat that is now one of only three remaining steam-powered towboats in the U.S.