8 Dubuque Restaurants IA

Live in Dubuque Iowa or visiting the area?  It’s easy to get wrapped up in just eating at the large chain restaurants, they are near all the biggest shopping areas, with the largest car parks.  But you’re missing out!  There are plenty of independent Dubuque restaurants in the Downtown Area that are well worth visiting!  Here are 8 of my favourites!

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The Dubuque Millwork District – The Coolest Area in Dubuque, IA!

There are lots of places in the USA that stand abandoned.  Once upon a time, the Millwork District in Dubuque was one of those places.  The milling factories closed up and left the brick buildings empty and unused, but not anymore!  The Millwork District is one of my favourite places in Downtown Dubuque.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar – Chicago’s Ultimate Sugar Rush!

Freak Shakes.  I’m sure you’ve seen them all over the internet too.  Giant milkshakes topped with literally EVERYTHING.  I had become obsessed with trying to find somewhere that creates these masterpieces and was rather excited when I stumbled across Dylan’s Candy Bar in Chicago!

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Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

I was AMAZED to find out that Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is completely free to visit!  It’s not unusual for city attractions to have a free day every now and then but Lincoln Park Zoo does it one better by being free 365 days a year!

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Sand Boarding at Silver Lake Sand Dunes – Michigan

There’s something about sand dunes that I find incredible.  I guess it’s a landscape that isn’t a common one.  It’s an environment that’s usually associated with boiling hot desert like conditions that aren’t easily accessible (believe me, I’ve camped in the Sahara Desert during a sand storm!).  Thanks to a roadside sign on the I94, advertising ‘dune rides’, I did a bit of research and discovered Silver Lake Sand Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Discovering The History of Kenosha, WI at the Southport Light Station Museum

Now I was shocked to find out that it is in fact possible to reach the Atlantic Ocean from Lake Michigan.  I just always assumed with it being a 1000 miles away from the sea that it was probably land locked.  But after discovering that cargo ships could in fact travel from Kenosha Wisconsin all the way to SOUTH AFRICA, the dots of Kenosha’s history all connect together!

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A 10,000 Step Self Guided Walking Tour of Kenosha, Wisconsin

I love flicking through destination visitor guides.  Sometimes on a website you may miss something if you’re not quite looking in the right place but in a guide, it’s all there in black and white for you to see.  Back in April, I discovered that Kenosha (Wisconsin) had a section of their guide entitled “Get Your 10,000 Steps While Enjoying the Kenosha Area”.  Now as a Fitbit obsessed person, I was desperate to get back to Kenosha in the summer to test a couple of the routes out!  I was so impressed that a destination was actually targeting the 10,000 step counting market!

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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum and World’s Largest Truck Stop

Ever since I was small, I’ve LOVED what us British call ‘Service Stations’.  Basically they are glorified petrol/gas stations but they will have a separate building with a food court, gift shop/’newspaper shop’, nice toilets, maybe a small games arcade etc.  They remind me of the excitement of going on holiday in our caravan.  I recently stopped at Iowa 80, which claims to be the world’s largest truck stop, it even has its own trucking museum!

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