15 days in Iowa Itinerary

15 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa trip planner
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Fly to Rochester International Airport, Drive to Mason City
Mason City
— 2 nights
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
Le Claire
— 2 nights
Drive to Quad City International Airport, Fly to Saskatoon


Mason City — 2 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 5th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Historic Park Inn Hotel, contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa, then make a trip to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, and then admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mason City trip planner.

Saskatoon, Canada to Mason City is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Saskatoon in September, with highs in Mason City at 29°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Des Moines.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nightlife
Side Trip

Des Moines — 4 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kids will enjoy Blank Park Zoo and Capitol Building. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Des Moines: Ames (Iowa State University & Reiman Gardens) and Winterset (John Wayne Birthplace & Museum & Roseman Covered Bridge). There's much more to do: walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, make a splash at Adventureland, and let little ones run wild at Rotary Riverwalk Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Mason City to Des Moines in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mason City in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Des Moines, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Cedar Rapids.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Cedar Rapids — 2 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Brucemore, examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, and then relax in the rural setting at Wilson's Orchard. On your second day here, examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cedar Rapids road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Des Moines in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Cedar Rapids. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dubuque.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Dubuque — 4 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Family-friendly places like National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Fenelon Place Elevator Co. will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: National Farm Toy Museum (in Dyersville), Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor) and Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry). The adventure continues: stroll around Eagle Point Park, take in the waterfront at Riverwalk, admire the majestic nature at Maquoketa Caves State Park, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Dubuque holiday planner.

Drive from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. In September in Dubuque, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Le Claire.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Le Claire — 2 nights

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, then stop by Grasshoppers and the Vintage Vine Wine Cellar, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology.

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

Drive from Dubuque to Le Claire in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Iowa travel guide

Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
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."