11 days in Saint Louis & Iowa Itinerary

11 days in Saint Louis & Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Saint Louis
— 4 nights
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Des Moines
— 3 nights
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Waterloo
— 2 nights
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Dubuque
— 1 night
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Saint Louis

— 4 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kids will enjoy Saint Louis Zoo and Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Step out of Saint Louis to go to Eureka and see Six Flags St Louis, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, have fun and explore at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, stroll around Forest Park, and experience rural life at Grant’s Farm.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saint Louis route planner.

Chicago to Saint Louis is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Des Moines.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Des Moines

— 3 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Attractions like Capitol Building and East Village make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Des Moines to go to Redfield and see Raccoon River Valley Trail, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail Bridge, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, cool off at Adventureland, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Blank Park Zoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Des Moines online trip maker.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Des Moines sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waterloo.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Waterloo

— 2 nights
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, then immerse yourself in nature at Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), and then explore the activities along Manchester Whitewater Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Cedar Valley Nature Trail, and then cool off at Lost Island Water Park.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Waterloo road trip website.

You can drive from Des Moines to Waterloo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Waterloo, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Waterloo

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 1 night
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., admire the landmark architecture of Clock Tower, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Dubuque takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Dubuque are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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."