14 days in Iowa Itinerary

14 days in Iowa Itinerary

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14 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  11​h
1
Sioux City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Missouri Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mason City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Iowa City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Eldon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Prairie City
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Sioux City Art Center, then see the interesting displays at Sioux City Public Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Heights, and finally see the interesting displays at Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your bearings at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, examine the collection at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Stone State Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sioux City trip planner .

Houston to Sioux City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. In June, Sioux City is slightly colder than Houston - with highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Missouri Valley.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center
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Trinity Heights ©
Trinity Heights
Sioux City Public Museum ©
Sioux City Public Museum

1
night
Missouri Valley

Missouri Valley ©
Missouri Valley is a city in Harrison County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hitchcock Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Missouri Valley online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Missouri Valley takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Missouri Valley

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hitchcock Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Hitchcock Nature Center ©
Hitchcock Nature Center

2
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home and then get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Brown Church in the Vale, then identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, and then steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mason City holiday planner .

You can drive from Missouri Valley to Mason City in 4 hours. Traveling from Missouri Valley in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Mason City, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

LIttle Brown Church in the Vale
Highlights from your plan
Music Man Square ©
Music Man Square
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
LIttle Brown Church in the Vale ©
LIttle Brown Church in the Vale

3
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trout Run Trail and John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette), Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (in Waterloo) and Montauk Historical Site (in Clermont). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Decorah Fish Hatchery, and examine the collection at Bily Clocks Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Decorah tour site .

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Iowa City.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterloo, Bily Clocks Museum, Montauk Historical Site, Eagles Landing Winery
Highlights from your plan
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery
Montauk Historical Site ©
Montauk Historical Site
Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm ©

3
nights
Iowa City

Iowa City ©
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kalona Historical Village and Cedar Rapids Kernels. Popular historic sites such as Pine Creek Grist Mill and Old Capitol Museum are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Iowa City: Dyersville (St. Francis Basilica & National Farm Toy Museum). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Devonian Fossil Gorge, stop by Prairie Lights, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Terry Trueblood Recreational Area.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Iowa City trip planner .

You can drive from Decorah to Iowa City in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Eldon.

Things to do in Iowa City

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dyersville, A J's Copper Garden, Pine Creek Grist Mill, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Kalona Historical Village
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Old Capitol Museum ©
Old Capitol Museum
Kalona Historical Village ©
Kalona Historical Village
St. Francis Basilica ©
St. Francis Basilica

1
night
Eldon

Eldon ©
Eldon is a city in Wapello County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at American Gothic House.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Eldon trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Iowa City to Eldon by car takes about 2 hours. In June in Eldon, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prairie City.
Highlights from your plan
American Gothic House ©
American Gothic House

1
day
Prairie City

Prairie City ©
Prairie City is a city within Jasper County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Iowa Speedway and then look for all kinds of wild species at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Prairie City online trip maker .

You can drive from Eldon to Prairie City in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Prairie City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prairie City

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Iowa Speedway
Highlights from your plan

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