13 days in Iowa Itinerary

13 days in Iowa Itinerary

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13 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Des Moines
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Winterset
— 2 nights
3
Winterset
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa (in Madrid), Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University) and Pella (Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House & Vermeer Museum & Global Pavilion). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and admire the masterpieces at Des Moines Art Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines online trip planner .

New York City to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Des Moines is little chillier at night with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Winterset.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pella, Altoona, Ames, High Trestle Trail, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa
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Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park

2
nights
Winterset

Winterset ©
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Clark Tower, contemplate the long history of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, don't miss a visit to Courthouse Square, then snap pictures at Roseman Covered Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Hogback Covered Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Freedom Rock, contemplate the long history of Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit, then take in the views from Cedar Bridge, then snap pictures at Cutler-Donahoe Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Holliwell Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Winterset trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Des Moines to Winterset in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Winterset can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Winterset.

Things to do in Winterset

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit, The Freedom Rock
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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Roseman Covered Bridge ©
Roseman Covered Bridge
Clark Tower ©
Clark Tower

2
nights
Winterset

Winterset ©
Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Imes Covered Bridge, stroll around Pammel Park, take an in-depth tour of Madison County Historical Complex, then see the interesting displays at Iowa Quilt Museum, and finally go for a walk through Winterset City Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Winterset day trip app .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Winterset

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imes Covered Bridge, Raccoon River Valley Trail, Springbrook State Park
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Springbrook State Park ©
Springbrook State Park
Winterset City Park ©
Winterset City Park
Madison County Historical Complex ©

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Venture out of the city with trips to Brewery Pottery (in Mineral Point), Thunderbay Falls (in Galena) and Spring Green (The House on the Rock & Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center ). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, stroll around Eagle Point Park, and see the interesting displays at Dubuque Museum of Art.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dubuque day trip planner .

You can drive from Winterset to Dubuque in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Winterset in September, expect Dubuque to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galena, Spring Green, Brewery Pottery, Dickeyville Grotto
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