10 days in Northeast Iowa Itinerary

10 days in Northeast Iowa Itinerary

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Decorah
— 5 nights
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Waterloo
— 4 nights
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Decorah — 5 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette), McGregor (Pikes Peak State Park & Spook Cave) and Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, hike along Trout Run Trail, relax in the rural setting at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, and examine the collection at Vesterheim.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Decorah vacation planning site.

Cedar Rapids to Decorah is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In May, daytime highs in Decorah are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waterloo.
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Waterloo — 4 nights

Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Backbone State Park (in Dundee) and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua). There's much more to do: trek along Cedar Valley Nature Trail, take a stroll through Cedar Falls Main Street, walk around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, and shop like a local with Phelps Youth Pavilion.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Waterloo road trip planning app.

You can drive from Decorah to Waterloo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
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