The Great River Road – Iowa/Illinois

My brother and I took a “twin trip” to Iowa over the summer and after hiking at Maquoketa Caves State Park in Iowa, we made our way to Mississippi Palisades State Park in Illinois. On our way, we were heading east on Highway 64 and just as we approached the small town of Sabula, there was a pull off for Driscoll’s Island.  This little piece of land juts out into the middle of Sabula Lake and is a perfect picnic spot or a place to stretch your legs.


After visiting Mississippi Palisades State Park, we drove along the river back to our hotel in Davenport, Iowa.The first place we stopped was in Fulton, Illinois which is home to the de Immigrant Windmill. This windmill speaks to the Dutch heritage of Fulton and was actually built and pre-assembled in the Netherlands! It is also fully operational!


There is also a waking path along the dike which provides great views of the Mississippi River.

iowa-trip-226Our next stop was in LeClaire, Iowa at Antique Archeology. If you are not familiar with this store, it is featured on the TV show American Pickers on History Channel! We had to stop since we were so close.


This was such a great experience! Usually when I travel with Ellie, we always have to take turns with who goes inside while the other person stays outside with her. At AA, one of the employees actually came outside to tell us that Ellie was welcome inside. They are a dog-friendly store! So of course I had to buy her a bandana and she even got a bag of treats to go!


^ Super happy puppy! ^

I love taking road trips and seeing all of the neat and interesting places along the way. Special shout out to my brother for some of the photos in this post! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!

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  1. Great pictures & I want to go to Antique Archeology myself!!


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