12 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa tour planner
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Des Moines
— 1 day
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West Bend
— 1 night
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McGregor
— 2 nights
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Dubuque
— 3 nights
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West Branch
— 2 nights
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Drive to The Eastern Iowa Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Fairfield

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Des Moines — 1 day

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, then relax in the rural setting at Living History Farms, and then wander the streets of East Village.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Des Moines visit planner.

Fairfield to Des Moines is an approximately 26-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Fairfield in July, Des Moines is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to West Bend.
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West Bend — 1 night

West Bend is a city in Kossuth and Palo Alto (originally) counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read West Bend trip planner.

You can drive from Des Moines to West Bend in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, West Bend is a bit cooler than Des Moines - with highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to McGregor.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

McGregor — 2 nights

McGregor is a city in Clayton County, Iowa, United States. To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our McGregor trip maker tool.

You can drive from West Bend to McGregor in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in McGregor can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 31st (Sun), you're off to Dubuque.
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Dubuque — 3 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Step out of the city life by going to Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., walk around Eagle Point Park, and admire the striking features of Clock Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dubuque trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from McGregor to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to West Branch.
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West Branch — 2 nights

West Branch is a city in Cedar and Johnson counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Hoover Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Palisades-Kepler State Park and then do a tasting at Brick Arch Winery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our West Branch trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to West Branch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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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