19 days in Chicago & Iowa Itinerary

19 days in Chicago & Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
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Chicago
— 1 night
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Dubuque
— 1 night
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Marquette
— 1 night
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Dyersville
— 1 night
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Le Claire
— 2 nights
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Coralville
— 5 nights
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Cedar Falls
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 3 nights
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Council Bluffs
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Chicago — 1 night

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 31st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church, get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, then admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chicago holiday planner.

Grand Rapids to Chicago is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Rapids to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Chicago, expect temperatures between 32°F during the day and 18°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Dubuque.
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Dubuque — 1 night

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 2nd (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Dubuque road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Dubuque takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in February: high temperatures in Dubuque hover around 30°F and lows are around 12°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.
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Marquette — 1 night

Marquette is a city in Clayton County, Iowa, United States. On the 3rd (Thu), try your luck at Casino Queen Marquette and then learn about winemaking at Eagles Landing Winery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marquette road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°F, and evening lows to 12°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Dyersville.
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Dyersville — 1 night

Dyersville is a city in eastern Delaware and western Dubuque counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 4th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Basilica and then do a tasting at Park Farm Winery.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dyersville trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Dyersville takes an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Dyersville can reach 31°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Le Claire.
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Le Claire — 2 nights

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Do your shopping at Antique Archeology and Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop. Step out of Le Claire with an excursion to Wide River Winery in Clinton--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Green Tree Brewery, and learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Le Claire route maker site.

Drive from Dyersville to Le Claire in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Le Claire can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Coralville.
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Coralville — 5 nights

Coralville is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Do your shopping at Coral Ridge Mall and A J's Copper Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coralville: Cedar Rapids (National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library & NewBo City Market) and Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark (in Amana). The adventure continues: tee off at Brown Deer Golf Club, gain insight at University of Iowa, examine the collection at Antique Car Museum of Iowa, and do a tasting at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Coralville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Le Claire to Coralville takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Coralville can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Cedar Falls.
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Cedar Falls — 2 nights

Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. On the 13th (Sun), stroll around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, wander the streets of Cedar Falls Main Street, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, stop by Here's What's Poppin and then try your luck at Meskwaki Bingo & Casino.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cedar Falls route builder.

You can drive from Coralville to Cedar Falls in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cedar Falls are 30°F, while nighttime lows are 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 3 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Des Moines is known for parks, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, try to win big at Prairie Meadows, take a stroll around Des Moines Civic Center, and do a tasting at Summerset Winery.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines planner.

Traveling by car from Cedar Falls to Des Moines takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cedar Falls in February, with highs in Des Moines at 36°F and lows at 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 1 night

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): try to win big at Harrah's Casino.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Council Bluffs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Council Bluffs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Council Bluffs are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Iowa travel guide

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The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."
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