Day 2: Iowa Metropolis to Dubuque (149 miles)
Head north for 16.5 miles on State Route 1 to Lake Macbride State Park. In fall, the lake’s placid waters present an ideal mirror for the maples, oaks and willows ringing its shore in hues of bronze, crimson and purple. Multitiered Macbride Falls turns into much more photogenic because the cottonwoods and hickories define the cascades in gold (the frenzy of the water gives a soothing soundtrack for the visually impaired). Attain the falls by way of a brief, paved stroll throughout the spillway from the park’s campground, or hike the reasonably difficult, 2.1-mile loop from the Macbride Nature and Recreation Space.
Proceed 81 miles east to Clinton by way of the Lincoln Freeway Heritage Byway, which parallels and generally follows U.S. Freeway 30 via fields of corn and soybeans, forests of hickory and maple, and farm cities based within the 1830s and ’40s. In DeWitt, in a barn inbuilt 1727, the German Hausbarn Museum paperwork the each day lifetime of the realm’s Schleswig-Holstein German immigrants.
In Clinton’s Riverview Park, bordering the Mississippi, barges, riverboats and towboats navigate the locks facilitating ship visitors. The ripple of the water and the hum and clank of the boats set an entertaining scene, even for these with low imaginative and prescient. At close by Eagle Level Park, see the mighty river on the widest level in its complete journey. For one of the best view, climb the 2 flights of steps on the park’s Stone Lookout Tower.
Turning north alongside the Mississippi, take U.S. Routes 67 and 52 to Bellevue for extra river views alongside an accessible walkway or to Bellevue State Park, which presents overlooks atop steep limestone bluffs.
Persevering with on Route 52, you’ll move via so many extra cities based by German-speaking immigrants that the realm is usually known as Little Switzerland. For instance, Luxembourg stonemasons settled in St. Donatus (10 miles north of Bellevue) within the 1840s, and their descendants nonetheless make up a lot of the 100-plus residents. For a late lunch, pop into Kalmes Restaurant, the place fourth-generation members of the family serve Luxembourg floor steak and wealthy chocolate bundt cake similar to founder Grandpa Peter Kalmes did within the 1850s.
In Dubuque, 14 miles on, study concerning the wildlife discovered within the Mississippi and different U.S. river techniques on the Nationwide Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, a partnership with the Smithsonian Establishment. You’ll additionally see alligators, pythons and different unique animals.
The place to remain: A 1913 Beaux Arts constructing on Essential Road is house to the elegant, 133-room Resort Julien Dubuque, with charges exceeding $200. The resort’s dedication to accessibility contains wheelchairs accessible upon request, closed-caption TVs and Braille signage.