14 days in Punta Gorda & Iowa Itinerary

14 days in Punta Gorda & Iowa Itinerary

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Punta Gorda
— 3 nights
Fly
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Des Moines
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dubuque
— 2 nights
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Davenport
— 2 nights
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Council Bluffs
— 1 night
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Punta Gorda — 3 nights

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Nokomis Beach (in Nokomis), Englewood (Stump Pass Beach State Park, Englewood Beach, &more) and Venice (Venice Beach & Caspersen Beach). There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, walk around Punta Gorda Nature Park, and look for gifts at Shell Factory & Nature Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Punta Gorda sightseeing planning app.

Tampa to Punta Gorda is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 3 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Des Moines is known for parks, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, get in on the family fun at Adventureland, admire the natural beauty at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Punta Gorda to Des Moines takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Punta Gorda to Des Moines. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Punta Gorda in July; daily highs in Des Moines reach 86°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cedar Rapids.
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Cedar Rapids — 2 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. On the 15th (Fri), look for gifts at A J's Copper Garden and then take an in-depth tour of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), and then browse the eclectic array of goods at NewBo City Market.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cedar Rapids trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids in 2 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in July, Cedar Rapids is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Dubuque.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Dubuque — 2 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., admire the landmark architecture of Clock Tower, and then meet the residents at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and then walk around Eagle Point Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. July in Dubuque sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Davenport.
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Davenport — 2 nights

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop and then get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Davenport trip planner.

Drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Davenport, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 1 night

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Union Pacific Railroad Museum and then try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Council Bluffs trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Davenport to Council Bluffs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July in Council Bluffs, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Casinos · Museums · Fun & Games

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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