"Mississippi River Town" Bellevue by deecat

Bellevue Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 31 photos

Bellevue [Beautiful View]

Bellevue is bordered by the mighty Mississippi, and its name means "Beautiful View", which is literally true. It certainly has natural beauty with the Mississippi River as its front door and several State Parks and Reserves that surround it.

Bellevue was the first settlement in Jackson County, & it is the oldest city in this county as well as one of the five oldest cities in Iowa. It's a charming small town with very friendly people.

Because it is situated on the Mississippi River, it offers superb boating and fishing, leisurely walks along the banks of the River, and the opportunity to sight eagles soaring above in the winter. It's important to note: Bellevue is built on high ground along the Mississippi; thus, most of the town is not at risk for flooding.

The main street is lined with native stone and brick buildings that house unique stores, restaurants, and bars.

It's of interest to note that prehistoric Woodland Indians made their homes at this location as did Blackhawk's tribe. About 1833 pioneer farmers arrived and formed a settlement called Bell View [spelling was later changed to the French, Belle Vue and today it's merged into Bellevue.]

Do not miss Mont Rest Bed and Breakfast [1893], a beautiful home "nestled halfway up a 9 acre wooded bluff overlooking one of the most panoramic views of the mighty Mississippi River." [see separate tip]

The Grant Wood Scenic Byway [East End} goes through Bellevue to and through several other small towns, including Maquoketa, Anamosa, & Stone City.

Iowa's oldest standing frame flour mill is located here on the southern border, and we visited it. (see individual tip).

Bellevue's Lock and Dam #12 is impressive, and we saw a huge tug boat & barge pass through the locks. [See individual tip]

Don't miss an opportunity to see this special place, a quiet little town overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River, Bellevue, Iowa.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pretty Rivertown with State Park and Riverwalk
  • Cons:Many places closed on Monday/Tuesday
  • In a nutshell:Small town charm and friendliness
  • Last visit to Bellevue: May 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I have been looking for something closer to home. Maybe this is one spot. Good descriptions

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Historic homes or buildings are always a favorite of mine. The wonderful river views and the great places to eat make me very hungry. Excellent page as alway Dee!

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    I know that this was your last trip with Jill and it's near the anniversary of her passing this week so it was bittersweet to read of all the fun you shared.

  • Apr 19, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Was this your last trip with Jill? It must bring great satisfaction to reread about your adventures together. Bellevue is quite lovely.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Hi, Dee! Thanx for another splendid page! I enjoy reading your travel pages! TAKE CARE ~

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    Lovely page and a place that I am sure I'd enjoy. Just watching the traffic in the lock could be fascinating and there is still the Butterfly Garden and some interesting shops and restaurants. You seem to have been enjoying it too.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2008 at 5:51 AM

    when does the 'showboat' turn up then ?

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Lovely look at Bellevue and its scenic river Good work Dee

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Would be interesting to travel on that mighty river. Here in Zurich we have a square callled "Bellevue".

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Lovely page on Bellevue Dee. Looks like a great place to spend some time with a friend.The Mont Rest Inn looks awesome. A "sub" with a view - perfect.


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