Iowa Bucket List ~ East Region

Today we move into our final region of Iowa, the east region that includes the Quad Cities. Tomorrow we head into the neighbor to the east, Illinois.


  • Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area: Great area for some scenic hikes.


  • Cascade Historic Limestone Silo and Agricultural Interpretive Center: Part of the Silos and Smokestacks National Recreation Area, this gives insight to the farms of the area.


  • Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens: Largest Arboretum in the US staffed entirely by volunteers.
  • Fenelon Place Elevator: Take a ride on the world’s shortest, steepest scenic railway.
  • Mines of Spain Recreation Area: Great area to hike along the river bluffs.
  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium: Helps to explore the history and culture of the river.
  • William M. Black Steam Dredge: Steam propelled museum ship located in the Dubuque harbor.


  • Field of Dreams Movie Site: Come see the famed baseball field and house featured in the Field of Dreams movie.


  • Maquoketa Caves State Park: A 6 mile trail system takes you through caves and along the bluffs.

Mt. Vernon

  • Palisades-Kepler State Park: Beautiful wooded park located along the river.

Quad Cities

  • German American Heritage Center: Museum that details the heritage of German-Americans in the Midwest area.
  • Iowa 80 Truckstop and Trucking Museum: You won’t regret a stop by the World’s Largest Truck Stop!
  • Palmer Museum of Chiropractic History: The first ever chiropractic museum details the history of this career.

All attractions found in the Travel Iowa Vacation Guide.


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