Upper Mississippi Valley

  • Start: La Crosse, WI
  • End: Davenport, IA
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:36
  • Total Mileage: 296 Miles
  • Number of stops: 23


The Mississippi River, the second longest river in the United States, travels 2,340 miles from Lake Itasca in Minnesota and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Travel along the Mississippi River in this tour through the great Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. Launch your trip from La Crosse, Wisconsin, where you can cruise the Mississippi on the La Crosse Queen, an authentic paddle wheeler and one of few still in operation today. Continue south to Galena, Illinois, where you can tour the home of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant before heading further south to the Quad Cities. Four metropolises make up the Quad Cities including Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa. In Moline, be sure to visit Arsenal Island, the largest manufacturer of ammunition and firearms in the United States.

Stop #1:

La Crosse Queen
La Crosse, WI

Stop #2:

Riverside Park
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Stop #3:

Riverside Historical Museum
La Crosse, WI

Stop #4:

Hixon House
La Crosse, WI

Stop #5:

Hamlin Garland Homestead
West Salem, WI

Stop #6:

Palmer-Gullickson Octagon House
West Salem, WI

Stop #7:

City Brewing Company
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Stop #8:

Fort Crawford Museum
Prairie du Chien, WI

Stop #9:

Villa Louis
Prairie du Chien, WI

Stop #10:

Wyalusing State Park
Bagley, WI

Stop #11:

St. John Lead Mine
Potosi, WI

Stop #12:

Old Market House
Galena, IL

Stop #13:

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site
Galena, Illinois

Stop #14:

Galena Cellars Winery
Galena, Illinois

Stop #15:

Belvedere Mansion
Galena, IL

Stop #16:

Dowling House
Galena, IL

Stop #17:

Mississippi Palisades State Park
Savanna, Illinois

Stop #18:

John Deere World Headquarters
Moline, Illinois

Stop #19:

Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Rock Island, IL

Stop #20:

Mississippi River Visitor Center
Rock Island, Illinois

Stop #21:

Black Hawk State Historic Site
Rock Island, IL

Stop #22:

Hauberg (Home) Civic Center
Rock Island, IL

Stop #23:

Figge Art Museum
Davenport, IA

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