14 days in Iowa Itinerary

14 days in Iowa Itinerary

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14 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly:  6​h
1
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Council Bluffs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sioux City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Davenport
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Asheville

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes East Village, State Historical Museum and Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Des Moines Art Center, admire the natural beauty at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and then hunt for treasures at Downtown Farmers Market. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo, then see the interesting displays at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, then take in the views from Hogback Covered Bridge, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Des Moines online travel planner .

Asheville to Des Moines is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Asheville in April: highs in Des Moines hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Winterset
Highlights from your plan
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

2
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum as well as Lewis and Clark Park. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Historic General Dodge House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, then take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, and finally take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters, then pause for some photo ops at Lewis and Clark Park, and finally examine the collection at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs trip planner .

You can drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Omaha
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge ©
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

2
nights
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Sioux City Public Museum, pause for some photo ops at Sergeant Floyd Monument, then get a taste of the local shopping with Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe, and finally pause for some photo ops at Spirit of Siouxland Statue.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sioux City online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Sioux City takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Sioux City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

National Music Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sioux City Public Museum ©
Sioux City Public Museum
Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe ©
Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe

2
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the striking features of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), then contemplate the long history of Brucemore, then examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, get lost in a book at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids journey site .

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Cedar Rapids takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark, Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), National Motorcycle Museum, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Brucemore ©
Brucemore
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mathias Ham House as well as Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, see the interesting displays at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Dubuque online tour builder .

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. April in Dubuque sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Galena
Highlights from your plan
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

3
nights
Davenport

Davenport ©
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes German American Heritage Center, Palmer Museum of Chiropractic History and Soldier's Monument. Change things up with a short trip to Snake Alley in Burlington (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum, engage your brain at The Putnam Museum & Science Center, and browse for treasures at Antique Archeology.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Davenport attractions planner.

Drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Dubuque in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Davenport: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 38°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Le Claire, Walcott, Snake Alley
Highlights from your plan
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
The Putnam Museum & Science Center ©
The Putnam Museum & Science Center

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