Our world is home to a vast array of fascinating creatures. You can meet some of its most loved inhabitants when you visit National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
To see it, head approximately 160 miles (257 kilometers) from the state capital, Des Moines, until you reach Dubuque.
If you're not aiming to travel that far from National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, you might like to rest your head at one of the 7 hotels that are situated within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of the site. Many travelers recommend the Hotel Julien Dubuque, 0.2 miles (0.3 kilometers) away, The Solon Langworthy House, 0.9 miles (1.4 kilometers) away, and the Hilton Garden Inn Dubuque Downtown, 2 miles (3 kilometers) away.
Instead of counting luxuriously plush sheep, you'll be thinking about the dollars you save because you chose to book a room at the economically priced Days Inn Dubuque. As an added bonus, it's only 1 mile (2 kilometers) away.
Whether you're a tea connoisseur or a caffeine addict, you might need something to keep your energy levels up. Just a quick hop from National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dottie's Cafe offers a good variety of drinks and sweet treats. If you've really built up an appetite, The Filament is also not far away, and is one of the finest places for dinner. And if the sight of the setting sun arouses a thirst, stop at Rainbow Lounge for an icy beer or relaxing wine on the way back to your hotel.