Last Minute Weekend Getaway in Dubuque

Travel DubuqueActive, Along the River, Budget Friendly, Explore, Heritage + History, Museums, Nature + Outdoors, Shopping, Taste

Mines of Spain

In need of a spur of the moment getaway? Look no further than Dubuque!

Between jaw-dropping seasonal attractions, delicious local eateries, and something new around every corner, you will want to take this trip sooner rather than later!


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Friday


Morning

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Start the weekend off right with fuel for the road. Grab a cup of coffee from Monk's Kaffee Pub, a quirky hipster haven in the historic Cable Car Square. Get your Java to go or stay all day cozied up at this local favorite.

Noon

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Spend your day perusing the quaint shops of Bluff Street. Pick up a one-of-a-kind gift from The Midwest Girl, every flavor of peanut butter imaginable at Calico Bean Market, or an Irish heirloom at Shamrock Imports.

Night

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Test your luck at one of Dubuque's finest casinos. Whether you are looking for an evening at the table, a delectable dinner, or world-class entertainment, Diamond Jo Casino and Q Casino are a Friday night must.

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Saturday


Morning

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You can't beat a sunrise on the Mississippi River. Make it even better with a hike to the Julien Dubuque Monument at Mines of Spain for an overlook only worthy of our city's founder.

Noon

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Refresh your mind with a tour of Dubuque's local breweries. With 7 Hills, Backpocket Taproom, and Jubeck Brewing all within walking distance, you can truly have a taste of it all.

Night

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Treat your taste buds to one of our many delectable local eateries. Delectable fine dining at Pepper Sprout, burgers and beer at Barrel House, a Mexican feast at Salsa's. Dubuque has it all.

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Sunday


Morning

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Eat your way to foodie heaven at one of Dubuque's brunch hot spots. Taste a farm fresh breakfast at Brazen Open Kitchen, feed your southern soul at Flatted Fifth Blues + BBQ, or chill out with casual bites at 1st + Main.

Noon

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Experience river life up close at the National Mississippi River + Aquarium. Explore the river from the delta of Louisana to the banks of where Iowa started. With a stingray touch tank, 3D/4D theater and traveling world-class exhibits, this Smithsonian affiliated museum is sure to please.

Night

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Take a ride up the shortest steepest funicular railway in the world, the Fenelon Place Elevator. See the breathtaking cityscape and Tri-State region atop the bluff at night for a truly unique view of where Iowa started.

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