16 days in Iowa, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

16 days in Iowa, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

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16 days in Iowa, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Bergen
Fly:  15​h
1
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mason City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Decorah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dundee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Bergen

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Pappajohn Sculpture Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market, then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, and finally admire all the interesting features of Iowa State Fairgrounds.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines travel itinerary planner.

Bergen, Norway to Des Moines is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Bergen to Des Moines, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bergen in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Des Moines: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Adventureland
Highlights from your plan
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Iowa State Fairgrounds ©
Iowa State Fairgrounds

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 28th (Thu): admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, and then steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mason City online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Des Moines to Mason City in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Des Moines in June, with highs in Mason City at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel

2
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. On the 29th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Decorah Fish Hatchery, then do a tasting at Eagles Landing Winery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Pikes Peak State Park. On your second day here, trek along Trout Run Trail, then admire the sheer force of Dunnings Spring Park, and then stop by Agora.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Decorah online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Decorah are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Dundee.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eagles Landing Winery, Pikes Peak State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery
Dunnings Spring Park ©
Dunnings Spring Park

1
night
Dundee

Dundee ©
Dundee is a city in Delaware County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) and then admire the majestic nature at Backbone State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dundee online travel route planner .

You can drive from Decorah to Dundee in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Dundee

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence)
Highlights from your plan
Backbone State Park ©
Backbone State Park

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): have fun at Mystique Ice Center, then stroll through Eagle Point Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mines of Spain. On the next day, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, then make a trip to Julien Dubuque Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Swiss Valley Park, and finally enjoy some diversion at Field of Dreams Movie Site.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Dubuque trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dundee to Dubuque by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Swiss Valley Park
Highlights from your plan
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Dubuque to Los Angeles takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubuque to Los Angeles. In July, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Sky View Observatory, meet the residents at Woodland Park Zoo, make a trip to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Seattle Public Library, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, then look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Seattle by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Sky View Observatory ©
Sky View Observatory

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