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Is Burlington an interesting place?

What kind of place is Burlington? Would it be a good stopover for a day or two on a longer trip?

I'm in the "thinking about" stages of a trip in the summer on Amtrak, to a city TBD but possibly Burlington or Mt. Pleasant, with a car rental from there to go to nearby places and then possibly drive one-way back to California. I've made the round trip twice by car but never by train, and I don't recall much more than passing through Burlington. From the map, it looks more substantial than Mt. Pleasant.

Does Burlington have interesting architecture, historic sites, etc., as well as a good selection of lodgings? If I stayed there, I'd prefer to be near the river.

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1. Re: Is Burlington an interesting place?

Burlington is an interesting Town. Very Small and friendly. Still like the olden times, where everyone knows each other kind of thing. It has some interesting sights so to speak. Obviously nothing like California or NY. There is a Casino that is great. There is a snake alley, which the world cyclists come to cycle the crooked road. There are some hotels in one section of the town. I would recommed Howard Johnson. It is a historic building, and uniquely designed hotel with New Orleans theme on the interior and a great pool/hot tub/and a tiki bar. More like a resort feel than a boxed modern hotel. The rooms are clean and upgraded. Outside look needs upgrade, but once you enter the building, you will love the place if you like historic places that no longer exists. There are lots of restaurants in town to choose from. Its a great place to stay or stopover for a day or two. Everything is within 10 min distance. The beauty of driving into burlington, is seeing the corn fields as far as the eye can take you. The sunrise and sunset by the river is awesome. There are no hotels in the riverfront. The downtown has new library that is awesome....

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2. Re: Is Burlington an interesting place?

Thank you!

I'm almost certain I've at least been through Burlington, because I've made the round trip to Nauvoo by car twice, and I recall crossing the Mississippi at different times at Dubuque, Quad Cities, and Keokuk, and maybe Ft. Madison but I don't recall. I do remember going by the old Sheaffer Pen plant in Ft. Madison, because I collect fountain pens.

But I have no actual recollection of Burlington, so it would be nice to see some of it.

This time, I'm considering Amtrak at least one way, and mulling over how far to ride. I'll be revisiting Nauvoo and associated places, also want to see the Amana Colonies. It looks like either Burlington or Mt. Pleasant would work for location, but is Mt. Pleasant big enough to find rental cars?

Nothing is final yet, so I'm open to various ideas.

I just googled Snake Alley, and I see it is called the world's crookedest street! Ha ha, now Burlington and San Francisco have something in common, because we have two streets here whose residents claim theirs is the world's crookedest. :D

www.sftravel.com/lomabardcrookedstreet.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermont_Street_(San_Francisco)

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3. Re: Is Burlington an interesting place?

It does seem a bit odd that there aren't hotels along the waterfront. I saw some reviews for B&Bs closer to the river, around North Street and N. 4th: Mississippi Manor, Squirrel's Nest, and a couple of others. Maybe those would be worth checking out.

Is the Howard Johnson in a historic area that would be interesting to walk around?

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