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New Mississippi River Travel Guide Series Starts with Quad Cities

Quad Cities – St. Louis Author, Dean Klinkenberg, virtually lived in the Quad Cities in the summers of 2007 and 2008 exploring any place that might interest visitors. The John Deere factory tour reduced him to a giddy 10-year old; and neighborhood bars introduced him to the daily lives of Quad Cities’ residents. Festivals, the arts, attractions, and historical research kept him busy filling the pages of what would become a detailed and information-packed Quad Cities travel guide.

Quad Cities Travel Guide

Quad Cities Travel Guide

“The Mississippi Valley Traveler - Quad Cities Travel Guide” is the first book in a series of travel guides under the name The Mississippi Valley Traveler that are designed for budget-conscious travelers of any age who want to explore the Mississippi River and the towns that grew up along its banks. The Quad Cities is comprised of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Illinois; and surrounding communities.

Dean often comments, that while he lives in St. Louis, he considers the Quad Cities his second home. When he is in the Quad Cities, if he is not watching antique motorcycle races or listening to roots music, you will find him at one of the area’s brewpubs. He found the people friendly, informative, and always willing to lend a helping hand.

“The Mississippi River is the reason that settlers put down their stakes in the 1830s, and people still flock to its banks to fish, to bike, to enjoy a festival, or to enjoy the view,” said Dean. “The story of the Quad Cities is the story of a growing America, innovation and industrialization, and the shifting economies that continually make and remake cities. The Mississippi Valley Traveler pays respect to this history, while highlighting attractions well-known and obscure and locally-run restaurants and accommodations.”

The Quad Cities Travel Guide begins with an introduction of the Quad Cities, a history lesson, and an explanation about the author’s “My Picks”. He then presents special sections on each region in the Quad Cities that highlight the history of the city, attractions, restaurants, entertainment, and lodging. Each section contains a map that pinpoints areas of interest. Cities include Moline, Rock Island, East Moline, and Hampton in Illinois, and Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale, and Pleasant Valley in Iowa. There is also a special section on the Rock Island Arsenal Island. The book concludes with regional information that includes seasonal festivals.

Dean’s next guide book will cover the river from LeClaire, Iowa, to Lansing, Michigan, including historic communities such as Dubuque, Galena, and Prairie du Chien. He plans to have it completed by the middle of September. From there, he will continue north all the way to the headwaters region. Klinkenberg expects the series to be completed with the Upper Mississippi by the summer of 2011.

Currently, the Quad Cities Travel Guide can be purchased online at and at various retail outlets in the Quad Cities area.

For information on the Quad Cities, also contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at

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