The Quad Cities are located where the Rock River meets the Mississippi River. They are Rock Island and Moline on the Illinois side and Davenport and Bettendorf on the Iowa side. The Quad Cities are noteworthy historically as the site of the first rail bridge across the Mississippi River. Davenport`s `River Renaissance` and Moline`s urban renewal funded by John Deere (a company local to the area) have energized these cities, while Rock Island and Bettendorf have each held the title of `most livable small city` by the National Council of Mayors.
Des Moines - Iowa City: 1 hr. 45 mins. approx.
Iowa City - Quad Cities Area: 1 hr. approx.
Chicago - Quad Cities: 2 hrs. 51 mins. approx.
Des Moines - Cedar Rapids: 1 hrs 55 mins. approx.
Cedar Rapids- Quad Cities: 1 hr 19 mins. approx.