11 days in Iowa Itinerary

11 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Cedar Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
2
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Davenport
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Des Moines
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Council Bluffs
— 2 nights
Drive to Eppley Airfield, Fly to London

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Cedar Rapids — 1 night

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): look for gifts at A J's Copper Garden and then see the interesting displays at National Motorcycle Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and then have fun and explore at The Iowa Children's Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cedar Rapids tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Cedar Rapids is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Cedar Rapids at 7°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Dubuque.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Dubuque — 2 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Mines of Spain, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and then admire the striking features of Clock Tower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dubuque online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Davenport.
Parks · Wildlife · Casinos · Fun & Games

Davenport — 2 nights

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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum and then engage your brain at The Putnam Museum & Science Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse for treasures at Antique Archeology and then get your bearings at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Davenport online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Davenport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Des Moines.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Des Moines — 3 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Step out of Des Moines with an excursion to Iowa State University in Ames--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Des Moines Art Center, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Des Moines day trip planning app.

Getting from Davenport to Des Moines by car takes about 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Council Bluffs.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

Council Bluffs — 2 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): try to win big at Harrah's Casino and then try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Council Bluffs online vacation planner.

Drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Casinos · Fun & Games
Highlights from your trip

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
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."