5 Fun Summer Activities at Chestnut Mountain Resort (Including an Alpine Slide!) – Galena, IL

Chestnut Mountain in Galena Illinois has you covered for year round fun!  In the winter months it is a ski resort with 19 runs of different difficulties.  But the Chestnut Mountain adrenaline rush isn’t just confined to winter, nope, during the summer there are a whole range of other activities to keep you entertained while enjoying views of the Mississippi River!

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A Stay at the Hotel Julien – Dubuque, IA

The Hotel Julien is a luxury 133 room hotel, located right in the heart of Downtown Dubuque, Iowa.    It’s a building that is rich in history and was originally built in an area so it would be the first building that people would see when they crossed the bridge from Illinois into Iowa!

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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Must Sees! Dubuque, IA

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque is one of Iowa’s top tourist attractions!  It is one of only a handful of establishments that is accredited by BOTH the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums!  The museum is split into 2 main sections, the National River Center and the Mississippi River Center (which focuses on the history and wildlife found along the Mississippi) and today I share my favourite must see areas of the museum!

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8 Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa!

Who’s ready for the summer?!  There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa.  In this post I share some of my favourites, along with some of my bucket list plans for this summer!  Are there any others you’d add to the list?

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Hiking The Mines of Spain, Dubuque – Iowa

In my opinion, one of my favourite places to go hiking is the Mines of Spain in Dubuque Iowa!  I’ve been in both summer and autumn but the recreational area is open all year round.  There are 10 different trails in various lengths and hiking levels.  Here’s a look at the 3 trails that I have completed!
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Facts About The Mississippi River: Mississippi River Camping, Beaches & Sandbars

One thing that surprised me when I moved to Iowa, was discovering that the Mississippi River is actually full of little islands, beaches and sandbars.  These make for great little day trips or even ‘wild camping’ overnight stays for those with a sense of adventure!  In this post, I share some of the facts that I’ve learnt about the Mississippi River and some of the ways you can experience it in Iowa!
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Photo Essay: Midwest Mississippi River Views

The Mississippi River is over 2000 miles long and stretches across 10 US States.  It’s packed full of history and is an area I would love to learn more about.  This photo essay will include various views of the River from 3 different Midwest States: Iowa, Illinois and Missouri!

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