10 days in Iowa Itinerary

10 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Mason City
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Missouri Valley
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Keosauqua
— 1 night
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Iowa City
— 2 nights
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Independence
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Decorah
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Mason City — 1 night

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 5th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of LIttle Brown Church in the Vale. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Creek Nature Center, then admire the natural beauty at Central Gardens of North Iowa, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Meredith Willson Boyhood Home.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mason City online route planner.

Minneapolis to Mason City is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In October, daily temperatures in Mason City can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Missouri Valley.
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Missouri Valley — 1 night

Missouri Valley is a city in Harrison County, Iowa, United States. On the 7th (Sun), walk around Hitchcock Nature Center and then identify plant and animal life at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Missouri Valley travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Missouri Valley takes 4 hours. Traveling from Mason City in October, Missouri Valley is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Keosauqua.
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Keosauqua — 1 night

Keosauqua is a city in Van Buren County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the views from Bentonsport Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Bentonsport National Historic District, then look for gifts at Dutchman's Store, and finally admire the majestic nature at Lacey Keosauqua State Park.

Make your Keosauqua itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Missouri Valley to Keosauqua in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Iowa City.
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Iowa City — 2 nights

Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): walk around Terry Trueblood Recreational Area and then explore the striking landscape at Devonian Fossil Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Clear Creek Trail, browse the exhibits of Amana Heritage Society, then steep yourself in history at Kalona Historical Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Pine Creek Grist Mill.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Iowa City trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Keosauqua to Iowa City in 2 hours. In October in Iowa City, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Independence.
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Independence — 2 nights

Independence is a city in and the county seat of Buchanan County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Basilica, immerse yourself in nature at Backbone State Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence). On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, experience rural life at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, and then grab your bike and head to Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Independence tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Iowa City to Independence in 1.5 hours. October in Independence sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Decorah.
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Decorah — 2 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery, then trek along Trout Run Trail, and then experience rural life at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Eagles Landing Winery, then Head underground at Spook Cave, and then examine the collection at Bily Clocks Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Decorah trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Independence to Decorah in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Decorah are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Iowa travel guide

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The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."
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