I’m sure there are a great many of you who have never heard of the city of Dubuque. It is the 10th largest city in Iowa and has a population of over 58,000 people. I don’t know a single thing about this city, so after some research, here are the six things I’d like to see if I ever have the opportunity to take my epic cross country road trip:
- National Mississippi River Museum: The Mississippi is the largest river in the country. It has played a vital role in the economy of the center of our country since the beginning. Even Lincoln used it to make money as a young man.
- Mines of Spain Recreation Area: If I had a dog, this is where I would take him. 1380 acres of woods and prairie sound like a great place to take a jog and enjoy God’s creation. I’m sure spending time in this natural environment after weeks of road tripping would warm the soul.
- St. Raphael’s Cathedral: The heart of the Archdiocese of Dubuque is this beautiful gothic revival (my favorite) architectural style. The pictures look like it has a wooden altar and confessionals. The painting behind the altar look like the apostles and the Blessed Mother. Basically, it is a must see for the Catholic millennial road trip.
- Dubuque Museum of Art: As you know if you have been following this series, I love a museum. Art can be a great conversation starter and this place looks like it embraces a lot of photography.
- Ham House: This Victorian style home shows what life was like for a wealthy lead mining family in the 1800s.
- Stone Cliff Winery: I don’t drink wine (unless it is transubstantiated into the Blood of Christ). But fancy people go to wine tastings. I can pretend to know a thing or two about the science of wine…I think.
After doing some research, Dubuque seems like a precious midwestern gem. I’d love to have the opportunity to see these things and many of the beautiful people who call it home. I you have any recommendations of things to see, put them in the comments below. If you have missed any of the other cities in my Dream City Trips series, click here. Subscribe so you don’t miss any future posts, and a travel diary if I’m lucky.
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