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#1 Tour

Dubuque, IA is #1 and should be at the top of your list when planning for your next group tour. With a mix of unique #1 locations throughout the community, this itinerary highlights our history, and our present and looks at our future.

Start exploring Where Iowa Started with this 3 days - 2 nights itinerary.

Fenelon Place Elevator Dubuque Iowa

10 am

Start the day with #1 views in Dubuque at the Fenelon Place Elevator. This is the shortest, steepest, funicular in the World! While in Cable Car Square, be sure to check out the local boutiques, cold down with ice cream at Sweet Memories, or grab a coffee at Monk’s Coffee Shop. 

St. Luke United Methodist Church

11 am

Iowa’s 1st United Methodist Church, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Originally located in Washington Park, this church is known for the 5th largest collection of Tiffany - Stained Glass Windows.

Stone Cliff Winery

12 pm

Stone Cliff Winery is in the Historic Star Brewery Complex. Guests will hear the history of Iowa’s 1st Brewery and have a delicious lunch and/ or a wine tasting. 

Dubuque Museum Of Art

2 pm

Dubuque Museum of Art is Iowa’s oldest cultural institution. Here the group will explore the exhibits of Grant Wood, Edward Curtis, and much more. Looking to do something unique? Inquire about their new behind-the-scenes tour to elevate your group’s experience!  

3:30 pm

Iowa’s 1st built log cabin is in Dubuque! Explore this structure along with the home of one of Dubuque’s famous entrepreneurs, Mathias Ham.

Steeple Square

5 pm

There is no better way to learn the rich history of Dubuque than the Historic Progressive Dinner. Start with an appetizer at a former church with the tallest spire in Dubuque. The main course will include live musical entertainment in a location that was at one time the home of the largest employer in Dubuque, the former Farley & Loetcher lumber company. End the evening at one of the few remaining Victorian homes in the community, the Fannie Stout House. The event includes a step on guide. 

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Stingray

9 am

Start the morning at Iowa’s largest aquarium, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. One of two of a Smithsonian Museum in Dubuque whose focus is history and wildlife of the Mississippi River. New this year, is the Rivers to the Sea Exhibit. 

Breitbach's Country Dining

12 pm

Enjoy a homemade buffet at Iowa’s 1st restaurant & bar, Breitbach’s Country Dining. 


2 pm

If You Build It Exhibit is the perfect way to explore an exhibit dedicated to the making of the Field of Dreams movie. This exhibit is the 1st of its kind playing homage to the magical Field of Dreams Movie Site.  

girl walking through corn field of dreams

3 pm

Home to the 1st MLB game in Iowa, the Field of Dreams Movie Site allows groups to experience the magic of the most iconic baseball field. The group would be able to explore the movie site as well as converse with a ghost player.  

5 pm

Home to the #1 Chicken Dinner, The Moracco Supper Club is family-owned and operated for over 50 years. The fried chicken, listed on the menu as world-famous, is one of the many meat options apart from their family-style motor coach group meals. Your group will have a choice of two types of meat, a potato, a vegetable, and a salad at this supper club. 

Verena Street Coffee

9 am

1st cousins Eric & Michael Gantz invite you to explore Verena Street Coffee for a tour of their coffee-making facility, sampling, and a treat for each member of the group to take home. 

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden PHOTO: @passionista_liz

10:30 am

Iowa’s 1st Arboretum to be solely run by over 200 volunteers welcomes you to explore their Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, English Garden, Coy Pond, and so much more to see. Golf carts are available. 


12 pm

End your tour of 1sts with lunch at Convivium Urban Farmstead, whose mission is to improve life through food. Groups can add on the garden tour with the farm manager, to see where the produce comes from to source the restaurant. 

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For pricing or questions about the #1 tour, please reach out to Becky Carkeek.