15 days in Iowa Itinerary

15 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
1
Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Mason City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Decorah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Davenport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Des Moines
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
night
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs trip builder website.

New York City to Council Bluffs is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Council Bluffs due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Casinos Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Kanesville Tabernacle ©
Kanesville Tabernacle

1
night
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): make a trip to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, then take in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa, then contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mason City online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Council Bluffs to Mason City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Council Bluffs in June, expect Mason City to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Clear Lake
Highlights from your plan
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly ©
Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

2
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery, then stroll through Trout Run Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Dunnings Spring Park. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Vesterheim, then immerse yourself in nature at Pikes Peak State Park, and then Head underground at Spook Cave.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Decorah road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

McGregor
Highlights from your plan
Dunnings Spring Park ©
Dunnings Spring Park
Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Dubuque is known for zoos & aquariums, parks, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, stroll around Mines of Spain, and immerse yourself in nature at Maquoketa Caves State Park.

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You can drive from Decorah to Dubuque in 2 hours. June in Dubuque sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Maquoketa Caves State Park
Highlights from your plan
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Maquoketa Caves State Park ©
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Mines of Spain ©
Mines of Spain

2
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, get advice or help at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, and then get a new perspective on nature at The Putnam Museum & Science Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Davenport online route planner.

Getting from Dubuque to Davenport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Davenport, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), then see the interesting displays at National Motorcycle Museum, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Play Station. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Brucemore, then get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, and then get lost in a book at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cedar Rapids using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Davenport to Cedar Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In June in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, National Motorcycle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum ©
The Play Station ©
The Play Station
Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) ©

3
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa (in Madrid) and Iowa State University (in Ames). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Adventureland, grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines route planner.

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, Iowa State University, High Trestle Trail, Adventureland
Highlights from your plan
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Iowa State University ©
Iowa State University

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