There will be men’s and women’s race classes categorized according to age.
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(Start/Finish Location of the Dubuque Gran Fondo)
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is the top attraction in the entire state of Iowa and is the one place you MUST see if you visit Dubuque. This Smithsonian- Affiliated Museum & Aquarium features over a dozen aquariums, a river plaza, kids splash zone and Iowa’s only large-format 3D/4D theater.
For the most spectacular view of Dubuque (not to mention neighboring Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as the Mississippi River) go up the Fenelon Street Elevator off of Bluff Street and Fourth Street. The shortest and steepest railway in the world.
The most ornate and beautiful building in Dubuque. The Dubuque County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. A 190 foot high central tower is capped with a bronze statue of Lady Justice that is 14 feet tall and the dome is covered in gold leafing.
Dubuque…And All That Jazz! is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, r&b, and salsa music in the midwest! Pick up your race number and see the the Dubuque Senior High School Jazz Band from 5 – 5:30pm and then stay for 10 of Soul, who will take the stage at 6pm.
The jail was built in 1857 and is a rare example of Egyptian revivalist architecture. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also an official National Landmark.
Dubuque is well known as a good place to see the American Bald Eagle, and best place to see them is from Eagle Point Park. Eagle Point Park is one of the most outstanding parks in the Midwest. One hundred and sixty-four acres overlook the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam #11, providing a spectacular tri-state view of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Built in 1856 the Shot Tower located on the River Walk is one of the last remaining shot towers in the United States. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remains a recognized symbol of the city. The invention of the shot tower enabled economical production of many nearly perfect lead spheres of the right size to fit in a musket. To make the shot, molten lead was poured through a grate at the top of the tower. The droplets that fell from the grate were of relatively uniform size when the fell into a cooling pool of water at the bottom.
If you visit Dubuque you must take a stroll along the beautiful new Mississippi Riverwalk which opened in the summer of 2003. Along the walk you will see both bridges coming into Dubuque; one from Illinois, and one from Wisconsin.
Take a narrated sight-seeing or dinner cruise up and down the Mississippi River on an authentic paddle-wheeler, the Spirit of Dubuque.
This very interesting old building was for many years the home of Dubuque Star beers, established in 1898. The brewery was featured in the film “Take This Job and Shove It!” and is now home to Stone Cliff Winery complete with tasting room.