Winning streaks, wineries, mouth watering food, breweries, music stars, and movie sets. All these and more are what await you in Iowa. I know that may surprise you but have a listen by clicking play above to hear about a trip of a lifetime that would have never happened had it not been for a little luck.
The Country Junction Restaurant (Dyersville) – Begin your Iowa experience with a homecooked meal at the Country Junction. The food is amazing, and the walls are covered in farm and heartland trinkets, making for a homely atmosphere.
National Farm Toy Museum (Dyersville) – Whether you’re looking for a place to entertain your child or the child in you, the National Farm Toy Museum is a great stop. The amount of farm toys and information on display will exceed your expectations.
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville) – The site that featured some of Kevin Costner’s best work has been preserved, and stands as a true treasure. Bring a ball and a couple of mitts, and have a toss at this legendary park.
Diamond Jo Casino (Dubuque) – Located right next to the Mississippi River, get your gamble on at the Diamond Jo Casino. If you’re hungry, I’d recommend grabbing some grub at the Kitchen Buffet. The gambling experience is great, and it’s not uncommon for notable artists to play a show at the Mississippi Moon Bar located inside of the casino. Jimmie Allen happened to be there when I visited, and he put on a great show.
Holiday Inn Dubuque (Dubuque) – Located right in the heart of Dubuque, this Holiday Inn will meet the brand standard that Holiday Inn typically displays. The rooms here are spacious, and the staff is friendly!
Convivium Urban Farmstead (Dubuque) – Stop by Convivium to experience a delicious midwestern breakfast. Who doesn’t like fresh food and tasty coffee?
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (Dubuque) – Learn about the plants and animals that call the Mississippi home. Experience the wildlife up close, as the museum has many unique species on display. Along with the flora and fauna education, learn about some of the notable people associated with the river.
Tycoga Vinyard & Winery (DeWitt) – Sample some amazing wine at Tycoga! Located off route 61, this winery is an absolute gem. A frequent wedding venue, Tycoga is also open to the public. I can’t wait to go back and purchase some Tycoga wine.
Celebration Belle (Moline, IL) – Hop aboard the Celebration Belle, and enjoy a dinner cruise with some amazing views of both Iowa and Illinois.
Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf (Bettendorf) – Iowa has some fabulous casinos, and Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf is one of the best! After you’ve rolled your fair share of dice, you can make your way to bed without leaving the building as this casino doubles as a hotel.
Freetime to explore the town of LeClaire (LeClaire) – A cozy hometown next to the Mississippi, LeClaire is the perfect place to explore for a few hours. Make sure you get some Instagram pictures around this beautiful small town, and I would definitely recommend grabbing a brew at Green Tree Brewery.
Rhythm City Casino (Davenport) – Yet another fantastic Iowa casino. The gambling experience at Rhythm City is great, and if you’re hungry make sure you pop up to the top floor and have a meal at Ruthie’s Steak and Seafood.
John Deere Factory Tour (East Moline, IL) – Cross the river into Illinois and check out the John Deere factory, where you can take a tour. Learn about the different vehicles John Deere manufactures, and get an up close and personal view of the assembly process.
John Deere Pavilion (Moline, IL) – Continue the John Deere experience by checkout out the John Deere Pavilion. Grab some gear at the shop, and take some pictures on some of their machinery on display.
Isabell Bloom (Davenport) – Stop by Isabell Bloom and marvel at the unique and memorable handcrafted sculptures, which are all made in Iowa.
Explore Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids) – Mozy around Cedar Rapids, and check out everything the city has to offer. If you’re thirsty, stop by Iowa Brewing Company. If you’re hungry, make your way to Bricks Bar and Grill.