15 days in Iowa Itinerary

15 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Dubuque
— 2 nights
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McGregor
— 2 nights
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Cedar Falls
— 3 nights
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West Branch
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 3 nights
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Council Bluffs
— 2 nights
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Dubuque — 2 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. When in Dubuque, make a side trip to see St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville, approximately Dyersville away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and admire the majestic nature at Maquoketa Caves State Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dubuque vacation planning tool.

Boston to Dubuque is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in October, expect little chillier with lows of 42°F in Dubuque. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to McGregor.
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McGregor — 2 nights

McGregor is a city in Clayton County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Effigy Mounds National Monument, do a tasting at Eagles Landing Winery, and then admire the majestic nature at Pikes Peak State Park. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Trout Run Trail, get engrossed in the history at Vesterheim, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company.

Take the guesswork out of planning a McGregor vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to McGregor takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in McGregor can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Cedar Falls.
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Cedar Falls — 3 nights

Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Cedar Falls: Cedar Rapids (Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium & National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library), Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark (in Amana) and Mason City (Historic Park Inn Hotel, Stockman House Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, experience rural life at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, and wander the streets of Cedar Falls Main Street.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cedar Falls trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from McGregor to Cedar Falls takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Cedar Falls are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) 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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): browse the collection at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and then examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, then take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Swinging Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the West Branch trip planning website.

Drive from Cedar Falls to West Branch in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: Reiman Gardens (in Ames) and Winterset (John Wayne Birthplace & Museum & Roseman Covered Bridge). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, stroll around Gray's Lake Park, get engrossed in the history at State Historical Museum, and meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Des Moines road trip planning website.

You can drive from West Branch to Des Moines in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 2 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Lewis and Clark Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, then try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and finally take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Council Bluffs trip app.

You can drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Council Bluffs are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly 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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