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Climb the Grant Wood Loop

​Explore the incredible climbing opportunities in the Grant Wood Mississippi River Region! Whether climbing the over 50 foot bluffs at Iowa’s oldest State Park (Backbone State Park), clipping one of the over 60 routes along the Maquoketa River (Pictured Rocks), exploring the rugged crag in the deep forest (Indian Bluffs), conquering some of the newest established sport routes in Iowa (Ozarks Wildlife Area), or bouldering along the Maquoketa River (Joinerville), the region has something for all climbers!

This is certainly not a day trip, but plan a climbing weekend ending your day at one of our many campsites, cabins, or hotels.

During spring through fall there are Climb Club events put on by Climb On (climbondbq.org).

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Dundee, IA
Climb Backbone State Park
Scotch Grove, IA
Climb Indian Bluffs
Maquoketa, IA
Climb Joinerville Boulders

Explore Jackson County Wineries

Escape out to the beautiful Jackson County Iowa countryside and enjoy a taste of this rural bounty. Through this short wine trail, you have the opportunity to visit the State of Iowa’s longest operating estate winery on a century farm (Tabor Home), a picturesque winery adjacent to a wildlife preserve boasting turkey, pheasant, eagles, and other wildlife (Brush Creek), and a grape vine nursery turned winery (Iowa Grape Vines). After your tour of these Jackson County gems, enjoy historic downtown Maquoketa’s many shops and restaurants.

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Baldwin, IA
Experience Iowa’s oldest Estate Winery
Bellevue, IA
Discover Brush Creek Winery
Maquoketa, IA
Explore Maquoketa’s Wine

Grant Wood Region Wine Loop

Sip on the tastes of the Grant Wood Loop region by visiting a number of unique wineries. From 100% organic vineyards, to breathtaking views, each winery offers a one of a kind experience.

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Baldwin, IA
Experience Iowa’s oldest Estate Winery
Dubuque, IA
Sip by the Mississippi
Anamosa, IA
Wine By The Wapsi

Port Loop

The Port of Dubuque is an amazing focal point for excitement and energy in downtown Dubuque. Historical preservation meets modern convenience in a diverse array of entertainment venues. From award-winning museum attractions and impressive dining opportunities to a brand-new gaming venue and family-friendly waterpark resort, the Port of Dubuque, along with the host of destinations on nearby historic Main Street, provides a great variety fun activities to augment any event hosted at the Grand River Center.

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Dubuque, IA
Taste Wine by the River
Dubuque, IA
Stay in the Port of Dubuque!
Dubuque, IA
Touch a Sting Ray