Bus Rentals Dubuque, IA
Dubuque Boasts of Beautiful Iconic Landmarks, Fun Recreation Centers and Family-Friendly Parks
The city of Dubuque can be found along Mississippi River and was named after Julien Dubuque, a Quebecois pioneer who arrived in the area in 1785. With permission from both the Spanish government and local Fox tribe, Dubuque was mined for lead deposits. Despite a decline in the 1800s, many French and other European settlers continue to flock to the area because of its wealth in minerals and this led to the depletion of lead resources. Resourceful residents then turned to the neighboring forests in Minnesota and Wisconsin and Dubuque became a center for the region’s timber, boat building, beer brewing and railroading industries. As the city developed, because it is located as a junction between Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, it is known as a Tri-State area. The city enjoyed tremendous growth between 1860 and 1880, to a point that it became the country’s top 100 largest urban areas with its first Methodist church being constructed in 1834. Job opportunities in the city drew in German and Irish immigrants during the 19th and 20th century. Over the years, Dubuque enjoyed steady growth with industrial activity being its mainstay but thanks to the resident’s resilience, when farming and manufacturing became troubled industries, they quickly and effortlessly diversified away from heavy manufacturing. Today, it has a thriving tourism and publishing industry, in part, thanks to technology. The city has the capacity to attraction more than 1.5 million tourists from all around the world every year. Dubuque is one of the few cities in Iowa with rolling hills and access to large bodies of water which makes it a popular tourist attraction and a center for culture and learning. At one point in time, it was the country 22nd fastest growing cities economically, 15th Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers and one of the Smartest Cities in the World.
With many other titles and recognitions added to its name, tourists and residents will get to enjoy multiple attractions, be it an indoor attraction like the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium or the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark, both of which are immensely popular for field trips, school camps and educational tours. They are known to attract large numbers of people every year but if you don’t like big crowds, you can also enjoy attractions like Mystique Ice Center or catch the local pool of talents in action when they perform at Bell Tower Theater. If you love art or are looking for a place to hold a social event, check out Images of Nature where photography related to beautiful landscapes, local wildlife and the region’s natural landscape is showcased. When it comes to birthday celebrations, bachelor or bachelorette parties, check out what Stone Cliff Winery or Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard has to offer instead. These wineries feature crafted wines and beverages using locally-produced ingredients. People of all ages can learn about the life and work of our country’s former President, Ulysses S. Grant, at Grant Home State Historic Site and then make their way to Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens to learn about local flora and fauna. The said attractions would make for great places to learn about the city or venues for fun events like team-building exercises, school field trips, church outings and corporate functions. US Coachways has been a part of countless of such activities and you can take advantage of our decades of experience to help make your event a more smooth-sailing one. If you have an event coming up in Dubuque, speak to our friendly customer service representatives right now to find out more about our affordable charter bus rental packages.
Visiting the Following Dubuque Attractions is a Breeze with a Charter Bus
Moving around from one attraction to another, whether it is a tour or transporting your wedding guests from hotel to event venue, does not have to be complicated and tiring. We can help make visits to the following points of interest seamless, effortless and smooth-sailing.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — Looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience when visiting this charming city? Try ziplining at a high altitude at Sky Tours organized by YMCA Union Park Camp; the ziplining experience is both a thrilling and informative one as visitors will get to explore the historic park after ziplining. You can also head out for some ice skating at the indoor ice skating rink of Mystique Ice Center along Admiral Sheehy Drive, or try your luck at some of the table games and slot machines at Diamond Jo Casino. Kids and adults alike will definitely have a splashing good time at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark in downtown Dubuque. The attraction features water slides, hot tubs, splash pools and other fun water-based games and activities.
- Art & Culture — Topping the list of art attractions in Dubuque are Bell Tower Theater, Images of Nature and Harry & Laura Nohr Gallery. There are LIVE productions and outreach programs for people of all ages at Bell Tower Theater in downtown Dubuque, a 5,000 square foot facility at University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Harry & Laura Nohr Gallery with its period paintings and art exhibitions, and featured work from famous artist, Thomas Mangelsen, at Images of Nature. Because of his passion about wildlife and nature, there are picturesque photographs of scenic landscapes, animals and countless other inspiring nature-based themed photographs showcased.
- Restaurant & Shopping — Bringing the charter bus for a tour around Dubuque city center ensures that you will get to sample a wide range of International cuisine of all kinds. There are food of all types to entice your tastebuds, sense of smell and fill your tummy with delicious food. But after sumptuous dinners, be sure to rent a party bus for a wine tour! Boasting of countless wineries and vineyards, there’s a little bit of history behind each winery and vineyard. There’s Stone Cliff Winery which is housed in the historic architecture; the wine tasting session can be done at the comfy space that overlooks Mississippi River. You should also make time for family-operated Park Farm Winery which specializes in small-batch wine and traditional wood-fired pizza and Barrel Head Winery offers personalized tours around its beautiful estate and winery. Other similar attractions located within Dubuque includes Sunset Ridge Winery, Jamie’s Wine Studio and Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — For those who are hungry for information about the city and the region’s development, making a pitstop at Carnegie-Stout Public Library is a must. There is a treasure trove of books, movies, music, data and an art gallery on site and then you can make your way to Galena Historical Society & Museum which is a short 20 minutes drive away from Dubuque city center. The museum contains information showcasing Galena’s growth through exhibits like Ulysses S. Grant exhibit and Vicksburg Flag exhibit. You should also bring the charter bus to Grant Home State Historic Site to learn about this former home of General and President of Ulysses S. Grant with its original furnishing and decor, visit the oldest house in Galena, Dowling House, which was built in limestone in the 1820s, or bring your friends to Old Market House State Historic Site where there are old artifacts depicting a wealth of information regarding former President Grant. Ever been curious about the inner workings of an old 19th century blacksmith shop? Organize a trip to Blacksmith Shop Museum would make perfect sense! Take in the old metalwork pieces, machines and forges that were used back in the 1800s and be intrigued.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — Dubuque has some of the state’s most beautiful and attractive parks and it comes in various forms. There are horseshoe pits, playgrounds, scenic views over majestic Mississippi River at Eagle Point Park, volunteer-run manicured gardens and garden complex at Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and lots of spots for wildlife watching at Mines of Spain Recreation Area. The latter attraction is located to the south of Dubuque and is frequently visited by bald eagles, hawks and deers. The tour into and around Crystal Lake Cave will take visitors around impressive and untouched mineral formations and the tours are often led by trained and experienced guides. They would often allow for some time for a bit of Q&A so that visitors can ask questions once they’ve seen the lake cave. During winter, Sundown Mountain would be filled with holiday-goers with their families and friends as it is a premier ski resorts to the Midwest; it offers 85 acres worth of snow trails for skiing and snowboarding for people of all ages and abilities.
- Zoos & Aquariums — Interested in marine animals or visiting Dubuque with young children? Check out the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium which is a great place for families and field trips. The museum and aquarium lets visitors get up close and personal with local marine life and it also features canals, river caves and exhibits filled with marine life like sharks, stingrays and fishes commonly found along Mississippi River.
- Other Points of Interest — Being one of the most naturally blessed areas in Iowa, visitors to Dubuque can opt for various ways to tour the city and region. Step back into a completely different era with a short, elevated trail railway ride with Fenelon Place Elevator which offers amazing views out to the three states and Mississippi River or you can take on a river cruise instead. There’s Dubuque River Rides which offers rides on an original paddle-wheeler; visitors can opt for the romantic dinner cruises or a sightseeing educational tour. American Lady Cruises, in the meantime, has amazing packages for lunch and sunset cruises, as well as Happy Hour Cruises. Both cruises caters to wedding events and parties.
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