17 days in Iowa Itinerary

17 days in Iowa Itinerary

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17 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Ames
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mason City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Le Claire
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Council Bluffs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Winterset
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Stockholm

2
nights
Ames

Ames ©
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): cool off at Adventureland and then cool off at Furman Aquatic Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at High Trestle Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, and finally gain insight at Iowa State University.

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Stockholm, Sweden to Ames is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Stockholm to Ames, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in September, expect Ames to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Ames

Theme Parks Parks Trails

Side Trips

Adventureland, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Reiman Gardens ©
Reiman Gardens
Iowa State University ©
Iowa State University

2
nights
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 (Sun): steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, then identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, and then steep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Historic Park Inn Hotel, then get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square, then contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, and finally walk around East Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mason City road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ames to Mason City takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mason City are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubuque: Cedar Rapids (Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium & National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library), National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa) and Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., stroll around Eagle Point Park, and try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque trip planner .

Getting from Mason City to Dubuque by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Le Claire.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cedar Rapids, Pikes Peak State Park, National Motorcycle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

3
nights
Le Claire

Le Claire ©
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Burlington (Mosquito Park & Snake Alley) and West Branch (Herbert Hoover National Historic Site & Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, hunt for treasures at Freight House Farmers Market, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Le Claire trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Dubuque to Le Claire in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Le Claire are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Davenport, Burlington, West Branch, Walcott
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology
Buffalo Bill Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Museum

2
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Lewis and Clark Park, then try to win big at Harrah's Casino, then try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and finally deepen your understanding at Kanesville Tabernacle. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Wabash Trace Nature Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Le Claire to Council Bluffs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Council Bluffs are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Winterset.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Fun & Games Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Wabash Trace Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Lewis and Clark Park ©
Lewis and Clark Park
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

4
nights
Winterset

Winterset ©
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Explore Winterset's surroundings by going to Des Moines (Des Moines Art Center, Capitol Building, & more). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and take in the views from Hogback Covered Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Winterset attractions planning app .

Drive from Council Bluffs to Winterset in 2 hours. September in Winterset sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Winterset

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Des Moines, Imes Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

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