15 days in Iowa Itinerary

15 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Council Bluffs
— 1 night
2
Mason City
— 1 night
3
Decorah
— 2 nights
4
Dubuque
— 3 nights
5
Davenport
— 2 nights
6
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
7
Des Moines
— 3 nights

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.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs trip builder website.

New York City to Council Bluffs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. 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 °F, while at night they dip to °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

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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, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa, thencontemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, 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 °F and °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, thenstroll 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, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Pikes Peak State Park, and then Head underground at Spook Cave.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, 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 °F, and evening lows to °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, explore the fascinating underground world of Crystal Lake Cave, admire the majestic nature at Maquoketa Caves State Park, and pause for some photo ops at Julien Dubuque Monument.

You can plan Dubuque trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Decorah to Dubuque in 2 hours. June in Dubuque sees daily highs of °F and lows of °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
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

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 find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, 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 °F during the day and °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
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

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), thensee 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, thenget 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 °F during the day and °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

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

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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). And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, get in on the family fun at Adventureland, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, and stroll around Gray's Lake Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Des Moines tour website.

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines in 2 hours. June in Des Moines sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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