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Visiting Eastern Iowa

Winter weather wanes in eastern Iowa and communities across the region are gearing up for a colorful variety of springtime fun. Warmer weather means more opportunities for outdoor adventure in Iowa’s numerous state parks, the region’s many historic sites and attractions are more easier to explore than ever, and communities from Davenport and Dubuque to Cedar Falls and Mount Pleasant are even more inviting.

Music fans make their way to the the Bengtson Auditorium and Russell Hall on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls on February 19th and 20th. That’s when the 2016 Tallcorn Jazz Festival brings two days of excellent jazz performances by a range of talented student and professional players.

With the snow melting and spring blossoms beginning to fill the landscape, there’s arguably no better time to get out and enjoy eastern Iowa’s lush landscape on a driving tour – and there may be no more scenic route than the Avenue of the Saints. The storied highway connects St. Paul to St. Louis, and the Hawkeye State portion might just be the most beautiful. Pack up the car – countless roadside attractions line the route and towns like Mount Pleasant, Coralville, and Cedar Rapids make great day trip destinations.

Sports fans won’t want to miss a chance to see the Cedar Rapids Rampage in action as they battle through the climactic latter portion of their 2015-2016 season. The Major Arena Soccer League team hosts a total of 11 home games at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. Check the schedule during your visit – the season goes through February 28th.

The US Cellular Center’s event calendar is full of plenty of other first-rate entertainment this season, too. You might be a redneck if Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy tickle your funny bone on March 20th. Or you might just be a fan of high-flying excitement and crowd-pleasing theatrics, in which case the Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary World Tour is the perfect way to spend your evening on April 5th.

Davenport and the Quad Cities area offer some unique ways for visitors to have fun this season. Be a part of a “hilarious comedy whodunit” when you enjoy a murder mystery dinner at Skellington Manor on April 15th. Or check out “the Discovery of King Tut,” a special exhibit detailing one of history’s greatest archaeological finds at the Putnam Museum and Science Center, all spring and summer long.

Muscatine, set southwest of the Quad Cities on on the banks of the Mississippi River, is the last stop on the RAGBRAI XLIV course. The 2016 iteration of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa is a two-wheeled trek across the Hawkeye State’s scenic south – and after traversing more than 400 miles of rolling green hills, Muscatine makes a great place to kick your feet up. While you’re in town, make sure to check out attractions like the Mark Twain Overlook and the Muscatine Art Center.

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