47 days in Iowa Itinerary

47 days in Iowa Itinerary

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47 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Mason City
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Sioux City
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Council Bluffs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Des Moines
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Iowa City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Clinton
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Dubuque
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
Waterloo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Decorah
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Milan

3
days
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Park Inn Hotel and Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. Explore Mason City's surroundings by going to Pilot Knob State Park (in Forest City) and Diamond Jo Casino (in Northwood). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, immerse yourself in nature at Clear Lake State Park, steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mason City itinerary site .

Milan, Italy to Mason City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Milan to Mason City. In April, Mason City is little chillier than Milan - with highs of 17°C and lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Mason City

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Clear Lake, Diamond Jo Casino, Pilot Knob State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly ©
Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

5
days
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Trinity Heights and Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum. Explore Sioux City's surroundings by going to Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars), Goodies Handmade Candies (in Spirit Lake) and Abbie Gardner Cabin (in Arnolds Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Sioux City Public Museum, try to win big at WinnaVegas Casino, enjoy some diversion at Kings Pointe, and raise your glass at Hard Rock Casino Sioux City.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux City trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Mason City to Sioux City in 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Sioux City are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Sioux City

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Casinos

Side Trips

Kings Pointe, Abbie Gardner Cabin, Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center, WinnaVegas Casino, Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum ©
Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum
Trinity Heights ©
Trinity Heights
Sioux City Public Museum ©
Sioux City Public Museum

5
days
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Union Pacific Railroad Museum and Danish Windmill Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Council Bluffs: Waubonsie State Park (in Hamburg), Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn) and Loess Hills Scenic Byway (in Percival). The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, look for all kinds of wild species at Hitchcock Nature Center, examine the collection at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum, and admire the striking features of Historic General Dodge House.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs vacation planner .

Drive from Sioux City to Council Bluffs in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Des Moines.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Elk Horn, Waubonsie State Park, Loess Hills Scenic Byway, Hitchcock Nature Center, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Museum of Danish America ©
Museum of Danish America

9
days
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iowa Speedway and Salisbury House. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: Winterset (Clark Tower & Courthouse Square), Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center (in Prairie City) and Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 6th (Sun) at Adventureland. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blank Park Zoo, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and explore the activities along Lake Red Rock.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip website .

Getting from Council Bluffs to Des Moines by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Des Moines are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iowa City.

Things to do in Des Moines

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Winterset, Knoxville, Indianola, Community Orchard, The Freedom Rock
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Iowa Speedway ©
Iowa Speedway
Community Orchard ©
Community Orchard

4
days
Iowa City

Iowa City ©
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Devonian Fossil Gorge and American Gothic House. Explore Iowa City's surroundings by going to Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids Kernels, NewBo City Market, & more), Amana (Amana General Store & Amana Furniture Shop) and Fireside Winery (in Marengo). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Nile Kinnick Stadium, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History, get engrossed in the history at Old Capitol Museum, and look for gifts at A J's Copper Garden.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Iowa City tour planner .

Drive from Des Moines to Iowa City in 2 hours. May in Iowa City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Clinton.

Things to do in Iowa City

#Museums, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cedar Rapids, Amana, Fireside Winery, American Gothic House
Highlights from your plan
American Gothic House ©
American Gothic House
Old Capitol Museum ©
Old Capitol Museum
Nile Kinnick Stadium ©
Nile Kinnick Stadium

4
days
Clinton

Clinton ©
Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, Iowa, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eagle Point Park and Chocolate Manor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Clinton: Davenport (Freight House Farmers Market, German American Heritage Center, & more), Le Claire (Buffalo Bill Museum, The Shameless Chocoholic, & more) and Family Museum of Arts and Science (in Bettendorf). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery, examine the collection at The Sawmill Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Bickelhaupt Arboretum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Clinton trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Iowa City to Clinton in 1.5 hours. May in Clinton sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Clinton

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Davenport, Le Claire, Family Museum of Arts and Science
Highlights from your plan
Family Museum of Arts and Science ©
Family Museum of Arts and Science
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park
Wide River Winery ©
Wide River Winery

8
days
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mines of Spain and St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Get out of town with these interesting Dubuque side-trips: Dyersville (National Farm Toy Museum & St. Francis Basilica) and Hurstville Interpretive Center (in Maquoketa). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, learn about winemaking at Park Farm Winery, have fun at Mystique Ice Center, and don't miss a visit to Art on the River, Public Art Display.

Plan my day in Dubuque using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Clinton to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Waterloo.

Things to do in Dubuque

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Museums

Side Trips

Dyersville, Hurstville Interpretive Center, Swiss Valley Park
Highlights from your plan
Mines of Spain ©
Mines of Spain
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens ©

4
days
Waterloo

Waterloo ©
Waterloo is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada. Step off the beaten path and head to John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum and Backbone State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterloo: Little Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua), Meskwaki Bingo & Casino (in Tama) and Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Cedar Falls Main Street, admire all the interesting features of UNI-Dome / McLeod Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Valley Nature Trail, and take in the exciting artwork at Phelps Youth Pavilion.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Waterloo itinerary planner.

Drive from Dubuque to Waterloo in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Waterloo

#Parks, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Cedar Falls, Backbone State Park, Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), Meskwaki Bingo & Casino, Little Brown Church in the Vale
Highlights from your plan

3
days
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Effigy Mounds National Monument and Decorah Fish Hatchery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Decorah: Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette) and Spook Cave (in McGregor). There's still lots to do: hike along Trout Run Trail, see the interesting displays at Bily Clocks Museum, stop by Agora, and experience rural life at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Decorah itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Waterloo to Decorah in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Decorah can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Decorah

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Eagles Landing Winery, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Spook Cave, Bily Clocks Museum
Highlights from your plan
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery
Effigy Mounds National Monument ©
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Eagles Landing Winery ©
Eagles Landing Winery

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