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Old 09-07-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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We are going to be visiting the Quad Cities in October. So my question is what is the best city to stay in for a tourist. Which town has the best casino, restaurants, hotels and neighborhoods? Do any of them have a nice downtown.I am leaning towards Davenport,but I really don"t know much about it. Thanks for any info you can give me.
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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Here are a couple of my favorite Quad Cities locales:

The Lodge in Bettendorf.. really cool hotel (reputed to be haunted?) that looks like a castle and has antique furniture in the rooms, 'medieval'-style tapestries on the walls in the lobby, etc. (Used to be called Jumer's Castle Lodge, for those QC old-timers reading this.) It looks like they still have their Sunday brunch, too!! I remember it being so very cool and 'fancy' and having such awesome food when I was a little girl.

Davenport's East Village is a very hip and funky little neighborhood with coffee shops, cafes, boutiques, etc. The original Isabel Bloom shop is here, too.

Bunny perfection.. this little Isabel Bloom statuette reminds me of my girlhood in Bettendorf and Davenport more than anything else:

http://i.ebayimg.com/07/!B2L!q7QB2k~$(KGrHqZ,!g4E)7ryMJjyBMhY0!d9rg~~_35.J PG (broken link)

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Old 09-08-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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I'd probably stay at the Radisson in downtown Davenport. It's across the street from the casino/river front. The Figge art museum is a block or two away. Maybe catch a River bandits game. It's also across from River Drive, if you take RD east into Bettendorf it turns into State st. and that's where the Bett. casino is. (the Bett. casino has it's own hotel, the name escapes me right now)

It's close to the Centenial Bridge which takes you to Rock Island and the 'District of Rock Island'.

If you have kids I'd probably stay at the Clarion on the corner of 53rd and Brady st...It has the best pool and game area. East 53rd has a gang of restaurants and you can shoot down Welcome Way Ave. (which turns into Harrison st., the one way that runs south) and be right down by the river front/casino.

At grocery stores, once you step inside, they have free newspaper called the River City Reader. Pick one of those up for info on concerts/comedians/festivals etc.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:28 AM
 
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I'd probably stay at the Radisson in downtown Davenport. It's across the street from the casino/river front. The Figge art museum is a block or two away. Maybe catch a River bandits game.
The River Bandits don't play baseball in October.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:43 AM
 
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We are going to be visiting the Quad Cities in October. So my question is what is the best city to stay in for a tourist. Which town has the best casino, restaurants, hotels and neighborhoods? Do any of them have a nice downtown.I am leaning towards Davenport,but I really don"t know much about it. Thanks for any info you can give me.
I guess that all depends on your definition of 'nice' but Davenport has the most amenities of the QC's downtown areas. While it has come a long way since the late 1980s, there's still quite a bit that needs to be done. Most people won't be overly impressed by downtown Davenport, but it does have a couple neat museums (The Figge Art Museum & River Music Experience) and the Skybridge, which is very unique.

There's some nice dining (Woodfire Grill, Duck City, Brady Street Chop House) but not very much in the way of shopping. Rhythm City casino is right on the downtown riverfront if you like to gamble. The Farmers Market might be worth your time as well.

You should give downtown Davenport a try. It's real close to downtown Rock Island (just a mile away) and there are additional amenities located there. People on these forums tend to bash the Davenport/Quad Cities area based on irrelevant information from 25 years ago. The area has been "remodeling" itself since the early 90s, so things have changed despite what some might say. It is a work in progress, and always will be, but is definitely worth a visit.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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If you're visiting over a weekend it doesn't matter too much which downtown you stay in, because there is a bus line that circulates between downtown Davenport, the Village of East Davenport, downtown Bettendorf, downtown Moline, and downtown Rock Island. The bus is called The Loop, and its only $1 a ride or $3 for an all day pass. More info at qctransit.com. The vast majority of tourist attractions in the QC area are within walking distance of one of the Loop stops.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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If you're visiting over a weekend it doesn't matter too much which downtown you stay in, because there is a bus line that circulates between downtown Davenport, the Village of East Davenport, downtown Bettendorf, downtown Moline, and downtown Rock Island. The bus is called The Loop, and its only $1 a ride or $3 for an all day pass. More info at qctransit.com. The vast majority of tourist attractions in the QC area are within walking distance of one of the Loop stops.
The Loop doesn't run on Friday or Saturday mornings or afternoons. On Sunday, it doesn't start until 11:30am and stops running around 4:30pm at most locations. Most of the museum attractions (Figge, botanical center, Deere pavilion, etc.) are only open during the morning and afternoon hours Friday and Saturday.

The Loop would be shuttling these people to locked doors on both of those days.
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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The Loop doesn't run on Friday or Saturday mornings or afternoons. On Sunday, it doesn't start until 11:30am and stops running around 4:30pm at most locations. Most of the museum attractions (Figge, botanical center, Deere pavilion, etc.) are only open during the morning and afternoon hours Friday and Saturday.

The Loop would be shuttling these people to locked doors on both of those days.
It does not make sense to not have this service offered during prime time tourist days.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:41 PM
 
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It does not make sense to not have this service offered during prime time tourist days.
It's basically a bus route for locals to hop from bar to bar. It runs Thursday through Sunday. During Thursday, Friday, and Saturday...the buses begin running at 5:00PM and continue until about 1:30AM the next morning. Sunday, the schedule is much shorter; 11:30AM to 5:00PM.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:36 PM
 
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It does not make sense to not have this service offered during prime time tourist days.
It didn't make sense to have it at all. The service was completely missing its target ridership numbers and isn't even in service now. Like I've said in other threads, there's just nothing of interest in the Quad Cities. Having a tourist bus that shuttles people from one depressed, boring town to another was just a failure waiting to happen.
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