Friday, November 21, 2014

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-John Deere Pavilion

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-John Deere Pavilion

If you have any interest in farming, this is the place to go!  Basically a big PR showroom for Moline-based John Deere, even the most mature adult will turn into an 8 year-old kid when climbing into the cab of a massive corn harvester.  The pavilion includes displays on the history of John Deere (again, from the company’s perspective), early equipment, and equipment not yet available in the US.  The gift store next door will dress you from head to toe in John Deere gear.

If you are looking for an entire John Deere themed trip, check out the company web site for more information on factory tours, the John Deere historic site, and the stunning world headquarters building.

Address:
1400 River Dr, Moline, IL 61265
https://www.deere.com/en_US/corporate/our_company/fans_visitors/tours_attractions/pavilion.page

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-Rock Island Arsenal

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-Rock Island Arsenal 

Don’t let the fact that you will be stopped and vehicle checked deter you from visiting the historical sites that sit on this 946 acre US Army complex.  Oh, and follow the rules to the LETTER!  While friendly, the security teams are pretty strict.  Attractions include the Mississippi River Visitor Center (educational displays on the Mississippi lock system, including a viewing balcony), Rock Island Arsenal Museum (museum on the history of the arsenal.  HUGE display of military guns), and Fort Armstrong (US military outpost used in the 1800s.  Now only a small outdoor display).

Address:
Fort Armstrong
Arsenal Bridge and Rodman Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61204

Mississippi River Visitor Center
Building 382, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61204
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/MississippiRiverProject/Recreation/MississippiRiverVisitorCenter.aspx

Colonel Davenport Historic Site
Hillman Street and Durnin Avenue, Rock Island Arsenal, IL 61204
http://www.davenporthouse.org/

Rock Island Arsenal Museum
1 Rock Island Arsenal Building 60, Rock Island, IL 61299
http://www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org/museum/

Memorial Park
East Street and Rodman Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61299

Confederate Cemetery
Rodman Avenue, east of East Street, Rock Island, IL 61299

Rock Island National Cemetery
Rodman Avenue, east of East Street, Rock Island, IL 61299

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-Casinos

Destination of the Week: Quad Cities, IA-Casinos

Metro Quad Cities does not just host one, but THREE, casinos!  Each casino offers something a little different, even though at the end of the day your money will most likely be theirs!

Rhythm City Casino-Located in downtown Davenport, it is the only one of the three without a hotel.  Fortunately there are two well-located hotels within easy walking distance.   The biggest plus for the casino is location with restaurants, bars, and museums only a short walking distance away.

Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf-This casino hotel sits right next to the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center.  Bettendorf, the smallest of the four cities, does not offer a lot entertainment and restaurant options.  The casino’s buffet offers a great view of the Mississippi River.

Jumer's Casino & Hotel-While some might be frustrated that the casino moved from downtown Rock Island to the city’s edge, it is hard to not be impressed with the new complex.  The casino is near the expressway and is connected to downtown Rock Island by the Centennial Expressway.  The area around the casino offers very little in off-casino entertainment.

Address:
Rhythm City Casino
101 W River Dr, Davenport, IA
http://www.rhythmcitycasino.com/

Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf
1777 Isle Pkwy, Bettendorf, IA
http://bettendorf.isleofcapricasinos.com/index.html

Jumer's Casino & Hotel
777 Jumer Dr, Rock Island, IL 61201
http://www.jumerscasinohotel.com/

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