The Scenic Byways Pages of Quilting Pathways
" "

More Places to See in Dubuque, Iowa

dubuque riverwalk plaza
View of Dubuque's Ice Harbor from the top of the Fenlon Place Elevator

Dubuque, IA Pages

- About Dubuque, Iowa
- More Dubuque Things to
spacer See and Do

- Dubuque Holiday Events
- Dubuque Eagle Point Park
- Events Calendar & Links
- Balltown, Iowa
- Potosi, Wisconsin

The vessel in the foreground of the above picture (with the twin smokestacks) is the William M. Black, a paddle wheel steam --powered dredging ship that worked the Mississippi River from 1934 to 1973. It is now part of the National Mississippi River Aquarium and Museum . . . in our opinion a "must see" attraction for any Dubuque visitor. In the middle of the picture is the riverboat of the Diamond Jo Casino which formerly anchored the southern end of the attractive Mississippi Riverwalk. (The Riverwalk, the Mississippi River Museum, and the downtown arts district are featured on our About Dubuque web page.)

Great River Road Scenic Byway - Links to Sections:

- Fulton to Prairie Du Chien
- Prairie to LaCrosse to Winona
- Winona to Red Wing

Scenic Byways Directory

Below are three more travel attractions: The Fenlon Place Elevator (a scenic incline railway), the refurbished Star Brewery complex, and Breitbach's Tavern in nearby Balltown. Also included is a list of upcoming Dubuque events and attractions and Dubuque travel, lodging and visitor links.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

cable car squareFenlon Place Elevator

Halloween scarecrows and a bagpiper occupy Cable Car Square and the entrance to the Fenlon Place Incline Railway.

Fenlon Elevator

The Fenlon Place cable car holds 4 comfortably for the 300 foot ride up to the top of the bluff overlooking downtown Dubuque. Costs a buck for a one way trip (you walk down); $2 for round trip.fenlon place elevator


A view from inside the car. One car comes down while the other goes up the hill.

dubuque skyline

The station at the top of the bluff offers a panoramic view of Dubuque and the Wisconsin bluffs in the background.

Julian Dubuque Bridge

In the distance, the Julien Dubuque Bridge which connects Illinois and Iowa.

hori bar

Star Brewery Complex - Dubuque, Iowa

Star Brewery Dubuque

At the northern end of the Riverwalk is the restored 1898 Star Brewery building that now houses a brewery museum, the Star Restaurant, and the Stone Cliff Winery.


Star Brewery Restaurant Dubuque

From the Star Restaurant's second floor deck overlooking the river walk you can see down the river to the Julien Dubuque bridge and across the river to the bluffs on the Illinois side.River Walk by the Star Brewery

Stone Cliff Winery


The Stone Cliff Winery's Tasting Room and retail shop is located at the north end of the Brewery Complex. Stone Cliff Winery Cafe


The Wine Bar offers all their varieties plus several craft beers for those not interested in sampling the wine.

Stone Cliff Winery Cafe


They also have a little street cafe outside the shop and a limited menu of appetizers.

Star Brewery Museum

Brewery Museum

The brewery museum and historical exhibits are in the atrium accessed from the rear of the complex.

Star Brewery Dubuque

< < < Some classic beer signs hang from the ceiling.

Stone Cliff Winery

The bottle and can collection contains not only the Star's labels but labels from many other regional breweries. Beer aficionados will enjoy several minutes perusing this exhibit looking for their favorite long lost brews!

Brewery Museum

< < < One exhibit room featured this beautiful old back bar and other old time tavern memorabilia.

See more Beer Memorabilia at the National Brewery Museum in Potosi, WI

hori bar

Dubuque Casinos

Mystique Isle CasinoDubuque's Greyhound Racing Park has expanded their gaming area and now offers almost 1000 slot machines, table games, and poker in addition to their racing schedule. Lodging, dining and an entertainment center round out their offering. With the $10 million dollar renovation also came a name change. They are now known as Mystique.

Diamond Jo CasinoNot to be outdone, the Diamond Jo Casino formerly located at the Ice Harbor built an entirely new facility and moved across the street from the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark. The Casino offers 975 slot machines plus gaming tables that include roulette, blackjack, craps, poker, and mississippi stud. Also part of the complex are four restaurants, an entertainment center, and a bowling facility.

Dubuque Shot Tower

Historic Shot Tower

Dubuque's historic shot tower located at the north end of the Mississippi River Walk is being renovated. It is one of the last remaining shot towers in the US. I don't know if tours are planned following renovation or whether some new use is contemplated.

hori bar

Dubuque, IA Golf Courses

Bunker Hill Golf Course

Bunker Hill Golf Course (left) is one of several decent 18 hole courses in the Dubuque area. Scenic rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, and shorter grass in the rough between fairways make a nice compromise between challenge and playability. To date we've played two other golf courses in the Dubuque area. See our blog comments from playing Lacoma Golf Course & The Meadows Golf Club.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

red triangleEagle Point Park and Balltown Breitbach Tavern

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Dubuque Iowa Area 2012 Events

May 18 - 20 : Dubuque Fest Fine Arts Festival
May 19 - 20 : Color In Motion Quilt Show
May 25 - 27: Catfish Festival
June 8 - 10 : America's River Festival
June 30 - July 1 : Heritage Days (Bellevue)
August 25 : BrewFest (Potosi Brewery, Potosi WI )
Sept. 8 - 9 : DragonBoat Festival
Sept. 14 - 16 : Riverfest
Sept. 15 : Oktoberfest

hori bar

Dubuque Iowa Travel & Visitor Links

quiltbullet Dubuque Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar
quiltbullet Dubuque Mystique Casino & Greyhound Park
quiltbullet Diamond Jo Casino
quiltbullet Star Restaurant
quiltbullet Stone Cliff Winery
quiltbullet DubuqueFest
quiltbullet Mines of Spain Visitor Center
quiltbullet National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
quiltbullet Motel Hotel Lodging Links

More Great River Road Scenic Byway Pages

- Scenic Drive from Fulton to Galena to Prairie Du Chien
- Scenic Drive from Prairie Du Chien to LaCrosse to Winona
- Scenic Drive from Winona to Red Wing

Go Here for our Master Scenic Byways Directory


© 2006 - 2022


More Scenic Drives
and Scenic Travel

~ ~ ~

Looking for an interesting summer trip?
Discover the
Great River Road
Scenic Byway

~ ~ ~

~ ~ ~

Quilt Shops
along the Great River Road