Davenport is a city in and the county seat of Scott County, Iowa; it was established in 1836 and named after a former English sailor, George Davenport, who fought for the U.S. Army in the War of 1812. Davenport is located on the Mississippi River and on the Iowa-Illinois border and is approximately halfway between Chicago and Des Moines. The city is home to Palmer College of Chiropractic where the practice was first begun and to a Class A minor-league baseball team, the Quad Cities River Bandits. It has been recognized several times for its livability, affordability, and concentration of high-tech jobs. The city hosts several music festivals each year, such as the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. The Bix Beiderbecke Festival includes an internationally known foot race, the Bix 7, as part of its celebration.
Book an RV in Scott County, and you will be one step closer to a vacation you will never forget. There are other towns you should visit while you are here. Mount Vernon was originally named Pinhook and was a popular resting place on the Military Road from Dubuque to Iowa City. Washington was founded in 1839 and is the second oldest city in the state. Ottumwa is often visited by presidential candidates, including Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama. Bonaparte has five entries on the National Register of Historic Places. Your Davenport travel trailer rental is how you will see and experience this area.
The Great Outdoors
Scott County Park is an urban park area where guests can go hiking or horseback riding on the park's numerous trails, camping in one of the many unique campgrounds, or enjoy the heated swimming pool. It has a playground and baseball field and is a popular destination for picnics with shelters equipped with tables and grills.
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge was established as a protected area for migrating birds along the Mississippi River Flyway, but it also strives to protect the fish and wildlife in the region and the habitats they reside in. It is comprised of grasslands and floodplain forest with oak, pecan, and other tree types. Hunting and fishing are allowed within the park; other permitted activities include kayaking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Visitors have reported seeing more than 200 bird species in the park, some resident and some migratory, including bald eagles. Keep your Davenport camper rental nearby, and you can use it as a blind while enjoying its creature comforts.
Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area is divided into two parts, one for wildlife habitat and hunting, and the second for other recreational activities. It is divided by the Cedar River which has two bridges spanning it (other previous spans were burnt down); visitors can fish from the spans, which are open to foot traffic but not vehicles. The park has a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and playgrounds. Visitors can rent canoes or kayaks to take out on the river or hike the many trails that criss-cross the park. Picnicking and camping are also popular activities here.
There are a number of RV parks and campgrounds near Davenport, and some of them may have mobile homes. Your Davenport RV trailer rental is all you will need to ensure an enjoyable vacation.
Lakeside RV Park is open year-round and has full hookups on all sites; water hookups are available from mid-April to mid-October due to weather conditions (but water is always available at the dump station). Some sites are wheelchair accessible. The park has restrooms and showers and a playground.
Exploring The City
There are numerous things to see and do in and around Davenport, and a good place to begin is at the Davenport Skybridge. The bridge has great views of the city and Mississippi River, and visitors can enjoy the night lights on the bridge from below. There is a baseball stadium where a local team plays and a casino resort for those who would like to escape the heat (or wander out at night). There is a botanical garden, a farmer's market, and a brewery where guests can sample the local craft beers. Don't forget to take your Davenport motorhome rental for a spin around the countryside; RV vacations are unique and will earn you bragging rights when the vacation is over.
When it's time for lunch or dinner, Davenport has a wide range of venues to choose from. Prices range from inexpensive to fine dining, so there is something here for everyone. A local diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but breakfast is their specialty, items such as oatmeal made with heavy cream and apple crisp French toast. A local family-friendly pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner and has an extensive menu with pizza and sandwich choices. The ingredients are fresh, right down to the Italian sausage they use. Portions are large, so expect to take your leftovers home to your Davenport luxury RV rental for a late-night snack. Nothing says vacation like sampling delicious food in comfortable surroundings, under an open sky.
Davenport, IA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Davenport. Outdoorsy's Davenport RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.