Although it is situated smack dab in America’s heartland, travelers should not forget that Iowa is overflowing with waterfront cities. Located around the mighty Mississippi and other streams, Iowa’s river cities have plenty to offer group travelers, from casinos and museums to souvenir shopping and apple picking.

Dubuque, the oldest city in Iowa, is home to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, made up of several facilities including Old Jail Museum, Woodward Wetland and the Pfohl Boatyard. Groups will enjoy a river cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque paddle wheeler and Miss Dubuque, a sleek motor yacht. And there are plenty of gaming opportunities in Dubuque. Diamond Jo Casino has conference rooms for group meetings during the day and over 975 slot machines for evening entertainment. Mystique Casino is a French-inspired establishment offering big jackpot slots, poker tables, a greyhound race track and three fine dining restaurants.