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Driving along the Mississippi River

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Driving along the Mississippi River


I will be driving alone the Mississippi river this summer, I did post on the Road Trip,but I am also writing in each states that the river goes throught. I would like to know the places to stop/visit and also your favorite restaurants.



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1. Re: Driving along the Mississippi River

I am just back from a long weekend to do eagle watching in Duibuque, Iowa, which is on the Mississippi River. Great town. Great old renovated Hotel Julien. Good places to eat, some gourmet. Two casinos. Lot's of natural resources and recreation in the area. I did post reviews on Dubuque's TA site.

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2. Re: Driving along the Mississippi River

all depends on your interests but I'll throw some out there:

Castle Rock Museum, Alma, WI


Buena Vista Overlook (above the museum on the bluff)


Nelson Creamery:


National Eagle Center Wabasha, MN:

http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/ and just down the road: Lark Toys is neat for child and adult alike:


Pepin, WI: Laura Ingalls Wilder: http://www.lauraingallspepin.com/

Edited: 28 January 2013, 01:56
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Trempealeau has a great historic hotel/restaurant that we thought was pretty cool. Didn't have a chance to eat here but will on our next trip. There's always lots to do in LaCrosse. The entire trip down the Wisconsin side has lots of places to stop - not so much on the MN side. Fountain City has a cool brewery/restaurant. And you must stop at Nelson Creamery.

We took a long weekend and didn't have any set times we had to be anywhere and we still couldn't stop at all the places we wanted to, so we are going back up again this fall for the colors. Just missed the peak last fall and it was still gorgeous.

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I will second Wabasha ,MN for the Eagle center and the grumpy old men movie trivia. Several little restaurants there.

Effigy Mounds National Park near McGregor Iowa for a nice half day of hiking and view of the ancient Indian effigy mounds.

Dubuque Iowa is wonderful town. recommend eating at L. May eatery . There is a wonderful aquarium ,there a free little art museum with giant sculpture of Grant Woods American Gothic couple outside of it. Nearby Crystal Cave or Spook Cave are interesting for those who like caves.

Across the river is Galena ,Illinois. Little wineries, antique shops. President Ulysses S Grant house and museum.

Potosi,WI a great stop at the brewery and brewing museum. And nearby is the odd and hideous Dickeyville Grotto worth it to see.

Wyalusing state Park on the Wisconsin side and Villa Louis mansion in Prarie du Chien

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I would recomend La Crosse great places to eat Piggies, The Waterfront, Wine guy's. Great shops downtown from stained glass to all types of clothing. A must see is Grandad's Bluff once up there you can over look the entire city and Mississippi. Also lots of artsn and just great people.

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6. Re: Driving along the Mississippi River

I read about Piggy's recently and put it on my to do list when I visit La Crosse.

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