10 days in Iowa Itinerary

10 days in Iowa Itinerary

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10 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Tallahassee, Florida
Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
1
Davenport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Council Bluffs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Tallahassee, Florida

1
night
Davenport

Davenport ©
Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Davenport travel route tool .

Tallahassee to Davenport is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallahassee to Davenport due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tallahassee in March, expect Davenport to be much colder, temps between 47°F and 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trips

Le Claire, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 4th (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, then don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and finally try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Julien Dubuque Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mines of Spain, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubuque trip planner.

You can drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Davenport in March: highs in Dubuque hover around 42°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

2
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Brucemore, then see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and then contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, and then get your game on at The Play Station.

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Traveling by car from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Cedar Rapids can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, National Motorcycle Museum
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2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 8th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, then make a trip to The Temple for Performing Arts, then stroll around Gray's Lake Park, and finally stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo and then make a splash at Adventureland.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines online journey builder .

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines by car takes about 2 hours. March in Des Moines sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Adventureland
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Gray's Lake Park ©
Gray's Lake Park

2
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. On the 10th (Wed), try your luck at Harrah's Casino, try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, then try your luck at Ameristar Casino Hotel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Historic General Dodge House, and then take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Council Bluffs sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trip

Hitchcock Nature Center
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Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Historic General Dodge House ©
Historic General Dodge House

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