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Experience hosted by Eric

90 mins
Includes tickets
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

As the original historic cultural walking tour of Dubuque with five All-American city awards and the mighty Mississippi river by its side we will take an in-depth look at the birthplace of Iowa with guided interpretation and images of our historic nineteenth century sites. Starting at the Mississippi’s edge tour highlights will include learning of the river’s importance with the arrival of our city’s founder French-Canadian explorer Julien Dubuque, seeing one of the few remaining civil war era shot towers left in the United States, learn of ships being built for both world wars by the largest inland boat works in the nation and hear about early national industrialists such as A.A. Cooper and his “Old Reliable” wagons. Heading to the historic Hotel Julien Dubuque we’ll hear about an important Abe Lincoln visit and Al Capone’s Dubuque hideaway, see the English inspired St. Raphael’s Cathedral and take a ride up the Fenlon Street Elevator (Railway) for a spectacular view of our river valley. Moving on we’ll learn about the early twentieth century Roshek department store with white gloved doorman, a rooftop tea room and eight floors of merchandise and then onto our two iconic 1850 era theaters where performers from Johann Strauss to Bob Hope have performed and continue on today. Come join us for a leisurely walk though Dubuque’s colorful historical past and its flourishment today.
As the original historic cultural walking tour of Dubuque with five All-American city awards and the mighty Mississippi river by its side we will take an in-depth look at the birthplace of Iowa with guided interpretation and images of our historic nineteenth century sites. Starting at the Mississippi’s edge tour highlights will include learning of the river’s importance with the arrival of our city’s founder French-Canadian explorer Julien Dubuqu…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    An approximate ninety minute 1.75 mile guided walking tour of historic down...
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Meet your host, Eric

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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Greetings from Dubuque! My name is Eric and I am a native of Northeast Iowa, where Marquette and Joliet first entered the Mississippi among our beautiful limestone bluffs and river valleys. I have a passion for hospitality in providing local tourism expertise and tour guiding and am a professional concierge with interests in history, world culture, and global travel. We hope you enjoy taking our tour and in your stay on our Masterpiece on the Mississippi Dubuque which is visited by over two million guests annually. Please read through our guest requirements prior to the booking of a tour. A specific tour date and time may be arranged if available through host contact on Airbnb. Thank you.
Greetings from Dubuque! My name is Eric and I am a native of Northeast Iowa, where Marquette and Joliet first entered the Mississippi among our beautiful limestone bluffs and river valleys. I have a passion for hospitality in providing local tourism expertise and tour guiding and am a professional concierge with interests in history, world culture, and global travel. We hope you enjoy taking our tour and in your stay on our Masterpiece on the Mississippi Dubuque which is visited by over two mil…
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Where you'll be

Our walking tour will begin on the Mississippi’s edge in the Port of Dubuque then crossing over into our historic Old Main District, where early settlers first landed in America’s Westward expansion. We will also make a visit to the top of our bluff via rail for a spectacular river valley view, visit Washington Square Park, where the city was chartered in 1837 and learn of Dubuque’s colorful industrial and cultural past and how it thrives today.

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    outerwear, hat, walking stick, umbrella, sunscreen