Three photos from L-R: Mines of Spain rock formation, Showboat Theatre in Clinton, Figge Art Museum

Take a Trip: Great River Road National Scenic Byway (Central)

In our fifth episode of Road Trip Iowa, we explored the highlights along the central portion of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.  Find breathtaking views at the Mines of Spain, pick your favorite vintage history in LeClaire, and study iconic art by Grant Wood at the Figge Art Museum along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway from Dubuque to Davenport.

Want to take this journey with us on your next road trip? Use Travel Iowa's itinerary tool to send yourself a fantastic route along this byway to experience most of our episode in person. 

Horseshoe Bluff at Mines of Spain

Dig up layers of Iowa history at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area near Dubuque.


Bellevue State Park Butterfly Sanctuary

Bellevue State Park encourages travelers to understand the importance of pollinators.



Discover the origin story of Iowa's only island city, Sabula.


The Sawmill Museum

Learn Iowa's logging history straight from the lumber kings at Clinton's Sawmill Museum.


Clinton Area Showboat Theatre

Catch a show on the shoreline at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre.


Cody Road District

Experience a main street revitalization at the Cody Road Historic District in LeClaire.


Figge Art Museum

Art lovers can enjoy a variety of works at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.