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Cloie Creek Mountain Bike Park MIDWEST U.S. COMPASS Heritage Trail What’s not to bike in Iowa? New biking experiences await in Dubuque, where the recently opened Cloie Creek Mountain Bike Park offers a 2.5-mile trail with banked turns, jumps, climbs and a creek crossing open to all skill levels and ages. The project’s collaborative team will open trails at the Interstate Power Preserve this July with six miles of cross-country singletrack, a primary loop for beginners and three additional loops. The 26-mile Heritage Trail—stretching from Dubuque to Dyersville—continues to be a popular option for bikers, says Taylor Cummings, director of marketing with Travel Dubuque. “Dubuque is really starting to embrace a diverse group of bikers, from nature enthusiasts to really avid mountain bik- ers,” Cummings says. “The offerings and the attractions, res- taurants and support around biking make Dubuque a great biking destination.” The city also has dozens of recreation trails for bikers. For more information, contact Cummings at tcummings@travel dubuque.com or visit traveldubuque.com. Here’s to you, Waterloo For groups traveling to eastern Iowa, Waterloo offers many unique, group-friendly locations. A list of the CVB’s must-see stops includes: John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum Galleria de Paco restaurant Visitors learn about agriculture before and after the development of tractors and machines in the Cedar Valley. The city will hold a 100th celebration of John Deere’s arrival in Waterloo with lots of community events June 15-16. Lunch and dinner are served beneath an impressive replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, created with (gasp!) spray paint by renowned artist Paco Rosic. Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum The museum honors veterans from the Civil War to t he present, including the Sullivan brothers, five siblings from Waterloo who perished when the USS Juneau sank during World War II. For more information, contact Beth Keeney with Waterloo CVB at beth@travelwaterloo.com or visit travelwaterloo.com. 36 April/May 2018