Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City, IA

The Hilton Garden Inn is a brand new hotel (opened in October 2017) located in Downtown Iowa City, just 1 mile from the Iowa Hawkeyes Kinnick Stadium (which has recently made the news thanks to the new tradition ‘The Wave’, where the whole stadium waves to the children overlooking the game in the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital).  With a room rate starting at $124 per night, it definitely makes for an affordable central stay, has some great amenities and is within walking distance from things to visit such as the Ped Mall and the Old Iowa Capital Building!

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Iowa City Restaurants: Vue Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

The Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Iowa City opened in October 2017 and is home to the Vue Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, one of only a handful of rooftop bars in the Midwest. It is located on the 12th floor of the hotel and offers views across Iowa City from 3 sides!

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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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Discovering Street Art in Downtown Dubuque, Iowa

I’m a sucker when it comes to street art, I wrote a previous post on some of the street art locations in Camden, London!  In the American Midwest, Dubuque Iowa has EXPLODED with colour over the past couple of months!  There are several pieces scattered across Downtown Dubuque, but the majority are in a 4 block area between Locust St, Main St and 1st St to 4th St.  Here’s a sample of some of the pieces you can expect to see!

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My Favourite Finds at the Dubuque Farmers Market – Iowa

The Dubuque Farmers’ Market first opened in 1858 and is the oldest in Iowa (after all, Dubuque is #WhereIowaStarted)!  The ‘Summer’ Market is open every Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of October between 7am – 12pm.  Currently the Market is located mainly on Iowa Street and spreads out down 11th, 12th and 13th Street.  Since it began, it has always been in or around the Dubuque City Hall!

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First Time Visiting The Iowa State Fair!

When I moved to Iowa, the State Fair went straight on the ‘Iowa Bucket List’.  We don’t have fairs quite like this in the UK and every Iowan seems to have gone multiple times, so of course I wanted to see what the fuss was about!  The fair is located in Des Moines and in 2016 over 1 million people visited!  Here’s what I thought of the 2017 fair as a first timer (and for those stats lovers 120,833 people were at the fair the day I visited)!

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Ghost Sunday at the Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

During the months of July and August (for the past 25 years!) the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa comes alive with ghosts of the Chicago White Sox for their free event ‘Ghost Sunday Comedy Show’.

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Iowa 80: Visiting The 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!

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