16 days in Central Iowa Itinerary

16 days in Central Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Iowa trip planner

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Des Moines International Airport, Drive to Jefferson
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Jefferson
— 4 nights
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Des Moines
— 11 nights
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Jefferson

— 4 nights
Jefferson is a city in Greene County, Iowa, United States, along the North Raccoon River. Jefferson is known for casinos, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the fresh offerings at Deal's Apple Orchard, don't miss a visit to Mahanay Bell Tower, and try your luck at Wild Rose Casino.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jefferson online travel planner.

New York City to Jefferson is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Jefferson due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Jefferson, with lows of 61°F. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to Des Moines.

Things to do in Jefferson

Wineries · Shopping · Casinos · Fun & Games

Des Moines

— 11 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: Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa (in Madrid), Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University) and Antique Carousel (in Story City). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 10th (Mon) at Adventureland. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, walk around Gray's Lake Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market, and get curious at Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Des Moines travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Jefferson to Des Moines takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Des Moines are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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