As a personal memory: I always visited my aunt and uncle over the 4th of July, and the fireworks at Eagle Point Park were some of the best - though that might have been because I was 6 and I got to wear some crazy glasses. #childhood haha
The Great River Road is a collection of state, provincial, and local roads which follow the course of the Mississippi River through ten states of the United States. They are Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin
However, for more specific info about the Iowa section of this amazing pathway down America’s grandest waterway, this page provides some excellent highlights and features along the road!
This is one of the many features of unique tourism in the state of Iowa. If you know of any others, feel free to do a little research (or not!) and drop them in the submit at the top of our page. We’re here to spread the knowledge of what Iowa has to offer beyond cornfields and county fairs!
Via Flickr: Bix Biederbecke, born in Davenport,IA in 1903, was a pioneer jazz cornet player who would compose music on the spot and inspired Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust”.
He lived a rather fast and wild life and died in Queens in August 1931 as a result of alcoholism and was buried in Davenport five days later. This statue of Bix stands in front of the Quad City Times newspaper office and near the finish line of the Bix 7, a road race named in his honor.
Read more about Bix at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bix_Beiderbecke
The Grotto is nestled in the rural Iowa community of West Bend. Whether West Bend is your travel destination or you are just passing through on your way, be sure to stop and see us!
The Grotto is a composite of nine separate Grottos, each portraying a scene in the life of Christ. It includes the largest collection of precious stones and gems found anywhere in one location. The beautiful artistry has to be seen in order to be appreciated, and the message it inspires is beyond words.
Truly a work of art - whether you are religious or not.