Posted by: RasmaSandra | October 21, 2020

Wonderful Rapid City

Just east of the Black Hills National Forest you’ll find Rapid City in western South Dakota. The city is the gateway to Mt. Rushmore and the huge sculpture of four U.S. presidents.

America’s Founding Father Exhibit lets visitors go back in time to the Declaration of Independence. This is a 20-minute show that is a mix of history and art. You’ll see the life-size sculpture installations of the “Declaration of Independence” painting by John Trumbull.

Then listen to the story of how 58 patriots established the American Revolution and created a country. Each visitor gets to sign the Declaration of Independence. The you can go to the musket range and try out your skills shooting a Kentucky long rifle, the same kind used during the Revolutionary War.

Crazy Horse Memorial is located on one of the tallest granite mountains in the Black Hills. This well-known sculpture is the largest in the world, It was initiated by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear.

The statue was created by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.

Among the highlights here are Nature Gates,

the Welcome Center, the Indian Museum of North America, the sculptor’s home studio, and the Native American Educational and Culture Center. You can enjoy performances by Native American dancers. You can take a rest at the restaurant and look at the gift shop. If you would like to see the sculpture up close you can take a bus ride to the base of the mountain.

Reptile Gardens date back to 1937 and is family-owned. It is the largest reptile zoo in the world.

There is a lovely garden oasis with lush vegetation, colorful flowers. tropical plants, and ornamental trees. The garden is interspersed with 15 exhibits and displays.

Among the exhibits are a venomous snake collection and exhibits with a bald eagle, a prairie dog, and giant tortoises.

You can see live shows. Children enjoy an Old West ghost town. You can also see the Jungle Outpost Gallery with tribal crafts from all over the world.

Storybook Island is a children’s theme park with free admission. It is open every summer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. It is decorated with characters from fables, nursery rhymes, and stories for children. The Children’s Theater offer productions all season long, Presented three times a day is The Great Magic Show.

Bear Country USA is a park surrounded by gigantic pines and rolling meadows. It is located 8 miles south of Rapid City, This wildlife park lets visitors see some amazing North American mammals.

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Among them wolves, reindeer, black bears, cougars, bobcats, elk and others, Some of the animals come close to vehicles to get a look for themselves. The Wildlife Walk area has different activities like live demonstrations.

You can find many art galleries, museums, and theaters in downtown Rapid City. At the Reflections of South Dakota Art Gallery you can see the great artworks of local artists and find unusual gift item.

For those interested in history the is the Journey Museum & Learning Center you can learn about the geological upheaval that created the Black Hills and hear about the saga of the Western Frontier.

Main Street Square also in downtown is an iconic landmark. You can enjoy a dancing water fountain and a waterfall. You can see public art sculptures. The square is a venue for concerts and various events. In the winter you can skate in the ice rink.

Dinosaur Park dates back to 1936 when it was built on a hill overlooking the city, There are seven dinosaur replicas created by Emmet Sullivan. The replicas include an apatosaurus, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, triceratops, stegosaurus, Edmontosaurus annectens, protoceratops, and a dimetrodon. With every sculpture there is educational information about the dinosaur. All of these replicas were chosen based on the fossils that could be found in South Dakota and the western U.S.

Old MacDonald’s Farm is a great place for families, It is a lovely farm that offers hand-on experience with over 100 farm animals. Children can ride ponies. Visitors can interact with cows, pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, ducks and more. The farm also features world-class pig races and farm tours on a kid-sized tractor train.

The Black Hills Caverns were discovered by miners in 1882. The underground cavern features over a dozen rock formations. Visitors have a choice of taking the Adventure Tour and exploring the Black Hills Caverns three levels or the Crystal Tour exploring just the first level of the cave.

The City of Presidents Walking Tour will take you on a self-guided tour to see a series of life-size presidential bronze statues in downtown Rapid City. Visitors can download an interactive walking guide that features where each statue is located and by clicking on the photo of the president you can learn more about him. The statues line the streets and began in 2000 to honor the legacy of American presidency.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | October 11, 2020

Touring Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is a city in the U.S. state of South Dakota, The city is right by the Big Sioux River which is a tributary of the Missouri River.

Falls Park is home to the magnificent triple waterfall the city was named after Sioux Falls. The waterfall is created by the Big Sioux River and makes a wonderful natural display. Besides the waterfall other interesting things

to do in the park are to see the historic Queen Bee Mill.

There is also an information center with a five-story observation tower. When you want to relax you can head for the Overlook Cafe serving lunch and dinner and offering live music on Fridays.

The 19-mile Big Sioux River and Recreation Trail and Greenway stretches in both directions from Falls Park. Within the park are sculptures and historic displays as well as playgrounds, beaches, and a water fountain.

On Saturdays you’ll find a Farmers Market between May and October with fresh produce and artisan crafts.

Sculpture Walk stretches through downtown Sioux Falls. The artistic installations continually rotate and you can find over 50 new sculptures each year.

You can also explore the fine shops, restaurants, and hotels in this area. Take the time to look through the art galleries and antique shops too.

The Old Courthouse Museum has found its home in a building from the 19th century. The displays help you to learn about the history of the region, There are larger-than-life murals on the walls and many different artifacts, You can take part in events like the concert series, Halloween parties, and Victorian tea lecture.

Good Earth State Park is located 10 miles southeast of downtown Sioux Falls. It is part of the larger Blood Run National Landmark and one of the oldest sites of human habitation in the country. For hundreds of years indigenous cultures and local tribes would gather at Blood Run and trade goods. This is one of the best state parks in South Dakota. It has interpretive trails. There is an information center with a lot of information about the local area. The hiking trails are scenic and offer great views of the Big Sioux River.

The Great Plains Zoo has over 1,000 animals. You can enjoy seeing such animals as snow monkeys, Amur tigers, and Eastern black rhinos.

You can have a ride on the Sandord Carousel or visit the exhibits at the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, The zoo is open all year with different activities each season, You can take a break and relax at The Maasai Market Cafe.

The Big Sioux Recreation Area is located ten miles east of Sioux Falls on the banks of the Big Sioux River. You can enjoy rolling prairies and woodlands, Visitors can hike the woodland trails or even play around of golf at the 18-hole disc golf course. You can have overnight adventures at any of the 50 campsites or three cabins, There is a place to set up a tent or park an RV. Amenities include restroom and hot showers.

The U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship Memorial commemorates the ship that was a widely decorated battleship WW II. Visitors can see the various exhibits and get interpretive information,.

The grounds are nice to visit with features that have been made to resemble a naval vessel, The memorial is open from May to September.

The Cathedral of Saint Joseph looms over the Sioux Falls skyline. The cathedral attracts many visitors and self guided and guided tours are available, There are scheduled times for Mass. It’s magnificence will astound you.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | October 4, 2020

Amazing Deadwood

In our armchair travels around the U.S. we’ve arrived in South Dakota. This is a sparsely populated Midwestern state. it is home to the Black Hills National Forest and to two historical monuments.

Our first stop is the city of Deadwood which is known for its gold rush history. The city is located on the northern edge of the Black Hills National Forest and is surrounded by some astounding scenery.

Visitors to Deadwood can walk along Historic Main Street right along the steps of Calamity Jane and “Wild Bill” Hickok. The city still has that Old West charm with historic storefronts. All summer long professional actors recreate significant moments in the history of Deadwood. There are exciting Main Street shootouts. You can check out the shops and restaurants,

The George S. Mickelson Trail stretches along for over 100 miles north and south through western South Dakota, It is enjoyed by hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Formerly it was the Burlington Northern Railroad line.

The trail crosses bridges, passes through rock tunnels, and through some wonderful scenic areas. You can rent a bike to ride along the trail.

The Adams Museum and Historic Adams House provide a look into the territorial beginnings of Deadwood and its Wild West origins.

There are many artifacts and information about such notorious characters as Calamity Jane and “Wild Bill” Hickok. At the museum you can learn about the days of the Black Hills Gold Rush, Visitors can get a guided tour of the property.

The Broken Boot Gold Mine was an authentic operating gold mine from 1876 to 1904. Today it is a fun tourist attraction. Visitors get to go underground to explore Deadwood’s historic gold rush past. Tours are available.

Each visitor gets a souvenir stock certificate from the mine, Special tours are offered like the Candlelight Experience and the Miner’s Morning Experience.

Day of 76 Museum is a cultural celebration of the area, There are many artifacts to see and exhibits to explore. The Days of ’76 Parade takes place every year along with the nationally recognized Days of ’76 Rodeo all taking place in July.

Mount Moriah Cemetery sits high above the city deep in the Black Hills. It is the final resting place for some of Deadwood’s most popular characters

like “Wild Bill” Hickok,

Calamity Jane, Preacher Smith and others. The cemetery has great views of the surrounding Black Hills landscapes.

Tatanka: Story of the Bison at the north end of Deadwood is a larger-than-life exhibit. It pays tribute to the millions of bison that once roamed the Great Plains, It also commemorates the native cultures that lives alongside the bison. It was all founded and is operated by Hollywood actor Kevin Costner. There are bronze sculptures that depict herds of bison being pursued by Native Indians on horseback.

There are also exciting interactive exhibits at the Northern Plains Peoples Educational Interpretive Center.

The Mount Theodore Roosevelt Monument also known as the Friendship Towers is located about three miles north of downtown Deadwood, The Black Hills Scenery is amazing on the hike to the 80-foot tower that was commissioned by the city’s first mayor Seth Bullock to commemorate the 26th President of the U.S. Theodore Roosevelt.a

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | September 28, 2020

Exploring North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an amazing national park located in western North Dakota at the point here the Great Plains meet the rugged Badlands. There are canyons, mountains, Badlands and the Missouri River, The two main sections of the park are about 50 miles apart with the 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch between them. You can see the place where the ranch once stood but not much remains today.

The southern end of the park is popular among visitors because of the city of Medora. Medora maintains the quaintness of the “old days” and gets thousands of visitors each year. The downtown area offers shopping, eating, touring, and stagecoach rides.

It is also home to the Medora Musical, a musical revue produced every summer

and world-famous Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

In the park you can enjoy camping, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and even driving through it to get a better look at it, When it is peak season you can get guided tours from park rangers.

The Chateau de Mores is a historic home in Medora built by Marquis de Mores. It was built in 1881 as a summer home and hunting lodge. There is a permanent exhibit called Rails, Ranching, and Riches that tells the story of de mores and his family. Visitors can tour the house with 26 rooms and original artifacts. You can also see the original stagecoach from the family’s company.

Bison Monument and Frontier Village is located between Fargo and Bismark. You can see bison grazing nearby and keep a look out for the rare albino bison, You can explore The National Buffalo Museum where you’ll learn about these magnificent animals and how the Plains Indians lived with them.

The National Buffalo Museum located in Jamestown is dedicated to preserving the culture and history of the North American Bison and Native Americans. It features exhibits related to the art and artifacts of Native Americans. There is artwork depicting bison like the original Thundering Herd oil painting, Visitors can also see the museum’s live buffalo herd, There are 25 – 30 buffalo.

The Frontier Village has old pioneer buildings depicting pioneer life. Among them are an old-time barbershop, drugstore, church, jailhouse, post office, and schoolhouse as well as others, They were brought together to this spot from all over the state, You can shop for handmade crafts created by local artists, During the summer on Saturday afternoons you can see Wild West shootouts.

Three Tribes Museum this unusual museum was created by the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Ankara tribes near the Berthold Reservation.

Nearby is the Four Bears Bridge which is the longest bridge in the state, It is named for tribal leaders from these three tribes. The bridge stretches across the Missouri River. It is covered by medallions from the three tribes living on the reservation.

Scandinavian Heritage Park is a park in Minot, dedicated to the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland.

The best way to begin is by stopping at the Scandinavian Heritage Center that includes tourists information and a gift shop. There are displays with items from each country and memorials to Scandinavian ancestors.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is in Williston on the Missouri River. It is home to an historic trading and military post. It was central to the fur trade and other useful items from Montana and nearby states when Native Americans visited. The fort has been reconstructed and looks like it did in 1851.

The International Peace Garden is a park sitting on the international border of the state of North Dakota in the U.S. and the province of Manitoba in Canada. The park has both wild and manicured gardens, The centerpiece is a cairn that is built from field stones and sits exactly on the 49th parallel, denoting the border of the two countries.

The park has hiking and biking trails, a peace chapel, restaurant, gift shop, floral clock, and a memorial to the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | September 17, 2020

Beautiful Bismarck

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota. This beautiful city has impressive buildings that were designed in the Art Deco style during The Great Depression. There are many interesting things to do and see including taking riverboat cruises on the Missouri River.

The North Dakota Heritage Center has a permanent collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. You can learn about the state from prehistoric times to the 20th century. One of the highlights here is the Northern Lights Atrium. The Capitol Arboretum Trail stretches through the property. The center also offers educational programs. You can relax at the James River Cafe.

The Dakota Zoo is among the best known tourist attractions in Bismarck. There are over 500 animals.

The zoo focuses on education, offers close-encounters with animals and different scheduled events.

Among the animals you can see are Bengal tigers, American alligators, arctic foxes. African tortoises, and Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs.

Next to the Dakota Zoo you’ll find Sertoma, a riverfront park. It has lots of walking trails and play areas. You can enjoy games of horseshoes or volleyball. People come to the park to walk, run, and bike. There are large picnic shelters that can be rented.

Inside the park is the Super Slide Amusement Park with free admission. There are many fun things to do including miniature golf, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, and other attractions.

Children enjoy the teacups ride and an antique carousel. The park is noted to be home to North Dakota’s only “runaway train” roller coaster.

The North Dakota State Capitol is an impressive Art Deco building, It was built during the Great Depression in the 1930s.

At one end of the capitol is a landmark skyscraper tower with an observation deck on the 18th floor. On the ground floor is the Rough Rider Hall of Fame that honors people who have contributed to the state.

Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruises are a great way to see Bismarck sailing on the Upper Missouri River. The 150-passenger paddle wheeler also has lunch, afternoon, and evening cruises, The also offer their services to people for large group events. Cruises are available between May and September. Public cruises on the river take between an hour or two depending on the route taken.

The Former Governors’ Mansion offers a look into the life of a governor in the 19th century. The mansion is decorated with period pieces. It was built in 1884 and has been home to 20 governors until 1960. The grounds are open for walking with a large flower garden. The mansion can be toured from May through September.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located through the neighboring city of Mandan, a 20-minute drive from Bismarck.

Within the park you’ll find many historic structures among them the On-A-Slant Indian Village, General Custer’s Victorian-style home, and various military barracks, blockhouses, and granaries. All through the park are hiking trails that connect with different structures and attractions.

On the shores of the Missouri River is a modern campground. Cabins can be rented for the night.

Camp Hancock dates from 1872 and was a place to live for those who worked on the Northern Pacific Railroad, You can see the original building that was the headquarters and now is an interpretive museum with artifacts on display. The supply depot is Bismarck’s oldest surviving building.

The Bread of Life Church is the oldest church in the city. You can enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors.

The Gateway to Science Center is located in the Frances Leach High Prairie Arts & Science Complex. It features hands-on exhibits on various themes like electricity. The center also hosts traveling exhibitions, Many different programs and events are offered.

Keelboat Park overlooks the banks of the Missouri River. It is a great place to take a walk along the riverfront.

You’ll find the Thunderbird eagle sculpture,

a Lewis and Clark statue,

and a replica of a keelboat that is similar to the one used by Lewis and Clark. It is a great place to view sunsets. Along the paved path is interpretive information and a public boat ramp so you can go out on the river. There are walking and hiking trails and outdoor self-guided tours.

McDowell Recreation Area is a park surrounding a man-made lake, It is located about five miles from Bismarck, It is a great place for rest and relaxation in the summertime.

There is a sandy beach for sunbathing and swimming, You can take paddle boats or row boats onto the lake. The lake is stocked with trout and a favorite among fishermen.You can picnic at the picnic shelters which can also be rented for parties and celebrations. The kids can enjoy the playground. A paved trail for walking or running leads around the lake. Another trail leads through the wooded area.

Hawktree Golf Club is an eco-friendly 18-hole golf course, It is bordered by the hills of Burnt Creek Valley just five miles north of Bismarck, There are three lakes on the property. Among the amenities are a pro shop and a snack shop. You can take golf lessons from a PGA pro.

The Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative or BDAC is a working art studio space and art gallery. It is run by local artists and has found its home in the historic Tribune Building downtown. There are collective exhibitions all through the year.It keep interest in art themed exhibitions are held and “art swaps” with other galleries in the area.

The Kirkwood Mall was built in 1970 by the Wachter Family. This enclosed shopping center is right in the heart of Bismarck.

This mall is the second largest in North Dakota and has over 90 shops. There are many featured restaurants and eateries.

Peacock Alley is located in the marble lobby of the former historic Patterson Hotel. It is decorated with lovely antiques, stained glass, and a wall of old photos. This restaurant and bar opened its doors in 1933 and is the oldest in North Dakota. It has become the venue for the most important meetings and celebrations. The bar is known for having 18 kinds of classic and special cocktails and has a wonderful selection of wine and beer.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | September 5, 2020

Fascinating Fargo

Our armchair travels have taken us across the U.S. and now we’re in North Dakota. This Midwestern state is dominated by the Great Plains. The Great Plains lead to the rugged Badlands located near the border with Montana.

The first city we’re visiting is Fargo which is the most populous city in the state.

The Plains Art Museum is a fine arts museum that has found its home in the restored International Harvester Warehouse. The museum has a permanent collection of 3,000 works of art by local and national artists. Artworks include traditional folk art, Native American art, and contemporary art. You can relax at the River Goose Cafe on the ground floor.

The Children’s Museum at Tunker Farm has hands-on exhibits and attractions for children to entertain and educate. The museum is housed in the Newton Whitman House built in 1876. The museum was founded in 1985 with many different hands-on exhibits so that children would have a place to play, enjoy, and learn.

There are other things to enjoy as well like a carousel, a miniature train, and a butterfly garden.

The Red River Zoo opened in 1999. It is situated on lovely rolling hills with several ponds and landscaped plant exhibits. The zoo has over five hundred trees and shrubs.

You’ll find 300 animals of 75 species who live in enclosures similar to their natural habitats.

There are also several endangered species and exotic animals from different parts of the world who come from climates that are similar to that of the Red River Valley.

The North Dakota State University campus is home to the Fargodome. This is an indoor sports stadium that is home to the North Dakota State University Bison football team.

The stadium was opened in 1992 and also hosts special events like music concerts and trade shows.

North Dakota State University is a public university. Its full name is the North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

The main campus has more than 100 major buildings.

The popular meeting place here is the Babbling Brook.

Mezzaluna is an elegant restaurant in downtown Fargo. It is located in the historic loft of the Roberts Street Building dating from 1917. Many of the original features remain like corbellied brick, pressed metal ceiling, tall windows, original stone trim and wooden beams. The cuisine is modern American using local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Eric Watson serves up some very delicious food. The bar is a popular place for traditional cocktails and new creations.

The Roger Marris Museum is dedicated to the baseball great who was the outfielder for the New York Yankees. He grew up in Fargo and Great Forks, In the 1961 season Marris hit a record 61 home runs and became the firs6 to surpass the 60 home runs hit by Babe Ruth in 1927.The museum highlights his career and achievements.

The Fargo Theater was built as a vaudeville theater and cinema in the 1920s. It is an impressive Art Deco theater that presents independent and foreign films, It also hosts live entertainment and plays. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. In March it hosts the Fargo Film Festival. The theater can be booked for special events.

The Fargo-Moorehead Visitors Center was constructed to look like a grain elevator. Visitors can find information about what to see and do. You can have your photo takes with the famous wood chipper prop from the movie Fargo.

On the grounds is a colorful bison statue and the Celebrity Walk of Fame that includes over 100 different celebrity signatures and hand prints.

Bonanzaville has over 40 historical buildings. It is one of the region’s largest historical attractions, You can learn about the culture, history, and people of the Red River Valley. There are the Cass County Museum, Pioneer Village, Dahl Car Museum and Telephone Museum.

The Hjemkomst Center is located across state lines in Moorhead, Minnesota about a mile from downtown Fargo. It is home to the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

The highlights here are the Hopperstad Stave Church replica

and the Hjemkomst Viking ship. They also host special events.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 11, 2020

Lovely Des Moines


Des Moines s the capital of the U.S. state of Iowa.

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The State Capitol is topped with a gold dome that can be seen from many places in the city, It is home to the governor’s office and many sectors of the Iowa government among them the Iowa Senate and Iowa House of Representatives. There are free guided tours available and visitors can walk the halls and view the open rooms. The Law Library on the second floor is open to the public.

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The Science Center of Iowa is a fun place for all ages. The center has permanent and rotating hands-on-exhibits. If you want to gaze at the stars the center also includes a planetarium and an IMAX Theater to learn about the world around you. Adult-orientated programs are offered. For children, there are camps, workshops, and after school programming,

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The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is located in Western Gateway Park. You’ll find over 20 artworks. The Sculpture Park and surrounding Gateway Park are great places to relax and for recreation.

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The park hosts the annual Des Moines Art Festival in June and the 80/35 Music Festival.

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The Salisbury House and Gardens was built by businessman Carl Weeks in the 1920s. There is plenty to see in the 42-room estate. You can explore the house and grounds on a self-guided tour. If you wish to learn more about its history you can take the guided tour which also includes areas off-limits to the public.

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The Des Moines Art Center features rotating exhibits with artwork from local and nationally renowned artists. Among the permanent exhibits are artworks from Matisse, Monet, and O’Keefe among others.

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There are guided tours and educational programs available. You can take a walk on the grounds and relax at the Art Center Café.

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Principal Park is located at the confluence of the Iowa and Racoon Rivers in downtown, At one time it was known as Sec Taylor Stadium. It is home to Iowa’s Triple-A minor league baseball team, the Iowa Cubs/ The park features fireworks on the Fourth of July as well as other community events.

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The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to wander among the beautiful flowers and plants.

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During lunchtime, you can enjoy the Trellis Café.

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Just a few blocks from the botanical garden you’ll find a picturesque pavilion on the east bank of the Des Moines River. The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens are lovely and feature the beautiful Asian Pavilion with a cascading stream and decorative garden. You can delight in stone pagodas and sculptural rock formations.

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Water Works Park offers recreation such as walking, running, biking, bird-watching, and fishing, There are places to picnic. A bike train beneath Fleur Drive connects with Gray Lake and the scenic pedestrian walkway

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You can get out on the water by renting a boat. You then connect with Gray’s Lake Park.

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Every August Iowa has a two-week celebration at the fairgrounds in Des Moines known as the Iowa State Fair. You can enjoy exhibits, trade shows, amusements, rides, live music, and great food.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 1, 2020

Interesting Iowa City


Iowa City is located in eastern Iowa.

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Amana Colonies consisting of seven villages is one of the top tourist attractions, A group of religious Germans founded and built the colonies. Residents who live there occupied themselves with farming and crafting,

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Today you can tour the village and shop in the craft shops and enjoy the restaurants. The villages host special events and seasonal celebrations.

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The main purpose of Coralville Lake is to prevent flooding and control water flow in the area. The lake also offers recreation with 500 campsites which are spread over three campgrounds. You can enjoy fishing from the pier or take a boat on the nearby river. There are also hiking and mountain biking trails, swimming in the lake, volleyball courts, and picnic areas.

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On the University of Iowa campus you’ll find The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History.

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The museum offers an extensive collection of mammals and birds as well as Native American artifacts. You can learn about Iowa’s history and learn about its geology, culture, and ecology, Guided tours, and self-guided tours are available.

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On-campus you’ll also find The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art housing one of the leading university art collections in the U.S. The museum has about 15,000 objects and artworks, The Elliot Collection displays post-impressionist European art and the Stanley Collection of African Art has over 2,000 objects of African art.

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Gaslight Village is located in Iowa City’s Historical North Side and is a historic landmark. Four buildings make up the village including two Victorian buildings.

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The oldest is the Charles Berryhill Mansion. The other two buildings are rustic, California-style homes from the 1940s.

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The Hebert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is the library and burial site of the 31st President of the U.S., Herbert Hoover. In the library you’ll find items and photos that belonged to the Hoover Administration as well as personal belongings, The museum tells the story of the life of Herbert Hoover. There is a temporary exhibit as well.

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On the surrounding park grounds, you’ll find Hoover’s birthplace cottage, gravesite, and other buildings from the period.

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Hickory Hill Park is a large park in the northeast part of the city. There are abandoned fields, forests, prairie, wetlands around Ralston Creek, and other streams.

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The park offers picnic shelters, tables, grills, restrooms, and water fountains, They are trails for hiking and walking, In the winter sledding and cross-country skiing are popular.

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The Iowa Avenue Literary Walk celebrates and explores the lives and work of 49 authors who were related to Iowa, The walk follows a series of bronze panels featuring quotes from literary works with the names of the authors.

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The walk also has an author section displaying biographical information and explaining their connection to Iowa.

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The Iowa Old Capitol Building is the former site of the main government building for Iowa. Today it is a landmark found on the University of Iowa campus, It is used as an exhibition space and for educational programming. The highlights include the Hansen Humanities Gallery, the Senate Chamber, and the Supreme Court Chamber, Tours are available.

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Lake Macbride State Park is the largest state park in Iowa, You can enjoy outdoor activities like boating, swimming, fishing, camping, and hiking,

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The park has picnic shelters and a lodge you can reserve.

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There is a lovely beach with concessions, A 5-mile limestone trail circles the lake. There are also additional limestone paths and six permanent Volkssport trails. The lake has boat ramps and boat rentals.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 26, 2020

Dubuque On the Mississippi River


Dubuque a city in the U.S. state of Iowa sits on the Mississippi River.

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The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium tells visitors the story about the rivers in the U.S. The museum has two major centers that highlight the different aspects of life on the Mississippi River.

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There are over a dozen aquariums with animals that live in the Mississippi. You can see a

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historic Train Depot, the steamboat William M. Black, the Pfohl Boatyard, raptor aviaries, and much more.

In the Mississippi Discovery Center, there is a range of activities and the 3D theater shows movies like Flying Monsters. You can relax at the River’s Edge Café.

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The Mines of Spain Recreation Area is located on the outskirts of Dubuque. The state park stretches along the Mississippi River, It has unusual landforms, different plant species, and plant and animal communities. The park is a combination of forests and prairies.

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On the bluffs above the Mississippi, you can see 250-year-old burr oaks.

The park looks about the same as when Julien Dubuque arrived in the area in 1785. You can enjoy twelve miles of hiking trails and in the wintertime four miles of ski trails, Keep an eye out for rare animals like bobcats, flying squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, and bald eagles.

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In the park, you can visit the EB Lyons Interpretive Center and see the Julien Dubuque Monument.

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The Julien Dubuque Monument stands on a bluff overlooking Catfish Creek and the Mississippi. It was built in 1897 in honor of Julien Dubuque who was a trader and lead miner. The Mesquakie Indians gave him the right to mine their land, therefore, creating the first Euro-American settlement in the area that eventually became Dubuque. Julien Dubuque married the Indian chief’s daughter. After his death, the tribe buried his bode under the log mausoleum on the site of the current monument.

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The Fenelon Place elevator is the steepest and shortest scenic railway you can find anywhere in the world. It will take you from Fourth Street up to Fenelon Place 189 feet high. You can get spectacular views of the Mississippi, the Dubuque business district, and the surrounding states, It has become one of the most popular tourist attractions.

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Eagle Point Park overlooks the Mississippi and its Lock and Dam No. 11. The park has amazing views of three states – Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Most of the landscaping was done by Park Superintendent Alfred Caldwell who showed his love for the prairie architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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There is much to enjoy in the park, like the Shiras Memorial Pavilion, the Riverfront Pavilion, Veranda Rooms, Terrace Room, and more. You’ll enjoy the Rock Garden, Spray Fountain, and the Fish Pond. There are six tennis courts and a music bandstand. The park is a popular place for local events and celebrations. You’ll find lots of hiking, walking, and biking trails all through the park.

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The trails run along the old trolley line that begins at Shiras Avenue and ends at a large statue of an eagle.

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The Dubuque Museum of Art was founded in 1874 and has a collection of more than 2,200 works of art mostly American art. The museum has one of the world’s largest collections of paintings by Grant Wood, a rare and complete compilation of photos of the American Indian by Edward S. Curtis. There are also some touring exhibitions. The museum offers Saturday morning and summer art camps for children and family-friendly matinee art performances. There are drawing and oil and landscape painting classes for adults, The museum also holds lunch-time lectures about art history.

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Stone Cliff Winery is a lovely wine bar and tasting room that is located in the historic Star Brewery Building in the heart of the Port of Dubuque. The building is interesting to look at. You’ll enjoy delicious food on the lunch menu with great wine that comes from the winery. Once a month the winery hosts a Murder Mystery dinner with great food and selected wines.

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Crystal Lake Cave was discovered by miners in 1868. The miners were looking for lead and found an enormous underground cave. It was opened to the public in 1932 and has a network of passages and cave formations like a stalactite called St. Peter’s Dome and

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stalagmites on a stone shelf known as the Cliff Dweller.

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You’ll also find a shallow underground Crystal Lake. Lovely flowerlike white crystal clusters hand from the cave ceiling. The deepest point goes down 100 feet. The cave is located five miles from Dubuque. You can take an hour and a half long Wild Cave Tour that takes you through unexcavated and unexplored passageways.

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Along the Mississippi Riverwalk, you can see ten works of art. People enjoy coming here for walking and jogging, The place where the artwork is located is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Even if the artwork is sold it remains in place for a year, At the end of the year jurors select a grand prize winner and a People’s Choice favorite voted by the inhabitants of Dubuque.

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Sundown Mountain is a resort in Dubuque that has ski and snowboard runs, It is a great place to learn to ski.

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The resort has 21 runs and four lifts, a ski patrol for safety, and two lodges. This family-resort has man-made snow. There is also wildlife like deer and eagles.

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Shot Tower was built in 1856 and is one of the few remaining shot towers in the U.S. It is a National Historic Landmark. Shot towers were used to mass-produce lead shot balls, dropping molten lead from a certain height into a basin of water. At the peak of production this tower was making between six and eight tons of lead shot daily for the U.S. Military, The tower stands 120 feet high and made up of seven stories of stone and three stories of soft red brick.

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St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is a historic church and was built in 1896. The church has a collection of religious Tiffany windows. The pipe organ at the time of installation was the largest organ in the area. The church is in the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Mathias Ham House is a large antebellum estate that was built in 1839. The owner Mathias Ham was involved in local politics and the Underground Railway. Docents in period costumes provide tours of the house and outbuildings like a fur trader log cabin. Tours include a ten-minute film about Mathias Ham. A popular event is a Fourth of July ice cream social on the grounds.

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The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden was established in 1980. It is located in Marshall Park and is a living museum, There are different thematic gardens. The Rose Garden has an award-winning display of old garden roses, hybrids, and miniature and shrub roses.

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There is also a formal English Garden

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and formal Japanese Garden.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 14, 2020

Davenport on the Mississippi


Davenport is located in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River.

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Chocolate lovers should check out the Chocolate Manor. You can find everything related to chocolate here like chocolate candy and cakes. Ice cream is also available. All of the ingredients are sourced locally.

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Putnam Museum and Science Center is a museum that educates visitors about history and natural sciences. The collection has 160,000 pieces. There is also a theater featuring movies about history and natural sciences. Among the permanent exhibits is an aquarium full of fish and depictions of natural habitats such as forests and caves. The Hall of Mammals has photos and interactive displays.

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The historic district in Davenport is known as The Village or The Village of East Davenport. It stretches along the Mississippi River to the southeast of the city.

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It is the main shopping and entertainment area. Lots of the buildings here date back to the Civil War era.

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In the Village of East Davenport, you can find lovely Lindsay Park. From the park, you can get fantastic views of the Mississippi River which stretches along the south side of the park.

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Along a section called Riverfront Parkway, you can see architectural sculptures. This is the place that annually hosts the Riverssance Festival of Fine Art.

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The Davenport Skybridge is a well-known bridge in the city that crosses over River Drive. The bridge was built in 2005 and offers spectacular views of the city. It is 50 feet tall and 575 feet long, The bridge overlooks the Mississippi and at the end, you’ll find an observation deck.


The inside of the structure has kaleidoscope lightning with more than 8,000 lights. The lights are lit all evening long in different patterns and colors and they reflect seasonal holidays like Christmas.

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The Figge Art Museum opened in 1928 and has more than 4,000 pieces of art that date from the 16th century to the present. There are collections of Colonial Mexican, Midwestern, and Haitian art on display. On display are also pieces of memorabilia art from artists like Grant Wood. You’ll also find artwork from American artists like Winslow Homer and Andy Warhol and European and East Asia art.

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The German American Heritage Center is where you can learn about the history of the German-American community in Davenport. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are many interesting exhibits that include interactive displays. There are also multimedia sections and various permanent exhibits.

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Lock and Dam Number 15 is a lock and dam between Rock Island and Davenport and is part of the Upper Mississippi River. It is the longest roller dam in the world with a unique style and design. It is an interesting place to visit and you can walk on the surrounding nature trails. A popular activity here is bird watching and it is a great place to see the local plant and wildlife.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the Adler Theater dates back from 1909 and was restored in 1986. Many period features have survived and there is original glasswork, chandeliers, and seating. Visitors can see different musical performances, Broadway shows, standup comedy, and theatrical productions.

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Credit Island is an island in the Mississippi River to the southwest of Davenport, It is a former Native American trading ground. Today it is a community park with a golf course, rugby, soccer, and softball facilities. Other things you can do here are fishing or having a picnic or biking.

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You can also take in some eagle watching.

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The Palmer Mansion is the former residence of B.J. and Mabel Palmer who lived here until 1961. The house features Palmer’s period possessions and there are many antiques to be seen. You can take a tour of this interesting house.

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Duck Creek Parkway stretches for 13.5 miles and runs through several parks in Davenport ending at Duck Creek.

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The parkway dates from the 1930s. You can either walk or bike. It passes by Emeis Park and Golf Course.

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The Vander Veer Botanical Park is known for being one of the first botanical parks in the area. It dates back to 1885. It is a great place to see the local flora and fauna in a historic setting, Among the highlights here are a music pavilion, a conservatory, and lovely fountains the predate WW II.

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