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20 Things To Do On A Solo Trip In Dubuque

Dubuque is full of adventures for the solo traveler.

Explore where Iowa started with your eyes wide open.

Explore Street Art

Did you know Dubuque is home to over 25 original murals scattered throughout our Historic Downtown? Find your favorites and share them with us using #whereiowastarted.

St. Luke United Methodist Church

See Stained Glass

St. Lukes United Methodist Church is home to the world’s 5th largest collection of Tiffany Stained Glass Windows. Stop by the church before 4 P.M. during the week to see them for yourself!

Get Rooted

The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is the largest volunteer-run garden in the country! See flowers, trees, and more unique to this tranquil area.

Shot Tower

Take A Tour

Dubuque has heaps of historic landmarks that pepper our one-of-a-kind landscape. See the Shot Tower, Town Clock, Julien Dubuque Monument and more.

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Eat Fresh

Convivium Urbanfarmstead takes community food to a new level. Have a taste of their true farm to table cuisine at this wonderful breakfast spot.


Shop Local

Embrace the Midwest spirit at The Midwest Girl. This locally owned boutique specializes in apparel applauding Midwestern values and community.

Drink Coffee

Jumble is a staple coffee shop that every traveler and local loves. Check out their School House location and relax with a fresh cup of coffee.

Support Artists

Dubuque is a artists haven and Outside The Lines Gallery is the perfect place to see the variety of creative works inspired by our unique area.

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Drink Local

Started as a Kickstarter campaign, Jubeck New World Brewing quickly became a local favorite. Known for their community-centric tap room, this is the perfect spot to interact with the locals and get a true taste of Dubuque.

Stretch Out

Yoga is a wonderful option to get moving on a relaxing vacation. Check out B1 Yoga in downtown Dubuque for a local view on holistic wellness or Soul Revolution Cycling & Yoga for a unique take on fitness.

Hit The Slopes

Enjoy a crisp winter day skiing the slopes of Sundown Mountain. Want to make it better, head out at sunset where the view of the Iowa landscape can be beaten.

Have A Staycation

Need a change of scenery. Why not escape to the Historic Millwork District at the TownePlace Suites for a staycation.


Paddle Away

Dubuque love to paddle. Bring your kayak along for a day on Catfish Creek.

Ride All Day

Dubuque has become a must for mountain biking enthusiasts. Check out the Interstate Power Trail for miles of unique trails.

Shop The Market

Now a favorite event, the Millwork Night Market features food and drink vendors, live music and more, the second Thursday of the month May through November.


See A Show

Did you know Dubuque is home to multiple local theater companies? Between The Grand Opera House, Bell Tower Theater, Fly By Night Productions, and more, there is always an opportunity to support the performing arts.


Look Out At The River

See the miraculous mighty Mississippi River from Lock & Dam #11. See barges lock through on the river and eagles soar over the beautiful world wonder.

Hear Live Music

Jazz Jam at The Smokestack is the perfect chill Thursday night. Local musicians come together for a night of music and you can’t beat the eclectic nature of the Smokestack.

Paint A Masterpiece

Feeling creative? Paint a masterpiece at Board & Brush and take it home as your souvenir from #whereiowastarted.


Hit The River

Fishing is a perfect past time in Dubuque. From the Mississippi River, to Catfish Creek and Swiss Valley, there are endless spots to get lost in nature for a while.