19 days in Iowa Itinerary

19 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa visit planner

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Decorah
— 3 nights
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Dubuque
— 5 nights
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Muscatine
— 3 nights
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Altoona
— 1 night
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Spirit Lake
— 6 nights
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Decorah

— 3 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Niagara Cave and Root River. Venture out of the city with trips to Beaver Creek Valley State Park (in Caledonia), Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston) and Le Roy (Lake Louise State Park & Shooting Star State Trail). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Root River State Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Decorah day trip planning tool.

Minneapolis to Decorah is an approximately 3-hour car ride. July in Decorah sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 5 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Governor Dodge State Park and Dowling House. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: Galena (Chestnut Mountain Resort, Thunder Bay Falls, &more), Spring Green (The House on the Rock & Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center ) and Villa Louis (in Prairie du Chien). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Horseshoe Mound, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., take in nature's colorful creations at Linmar Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dubuque road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Dubuque takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Muscatine.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Muscatine

— 3 nights
Muscatine is a city in Muscatine County, Iowa, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Discovery Depot Children's Museum and Carl Sandburg State Historic Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Muscatine: Bishop Hill (Bishop Hill Illinois & Bishop Hill Heritage Association Museum), Niabi Zoo (in Coal Valley) and Galesburg Railroad Museum (in Galesburg). The adventure continues: make a splash at Muscatine Aquatic Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Muscatine sightseeing website.

Getting from Dubuque to Muscatine by car takes about 2 hours. In August in Muscatine, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Altoona.

Things to do in Muscatine

Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Altoona

— 1 night
Altoona is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States and is a part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a splash at Adventureland.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Altoona day trip planning website.

You can drive from Muscatine to Altoona in 2.5 hours. August in Altoona sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Spirit Lake.

Things to do in Altoona

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Spirit Lake

— 6 nights
Spirit Lake is a city in Dickinson County, Iowa, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Hermann the German. Change things up with these side-trips from Spirit Lake: Minneopa State Park (in Mankato), Lake Shetek State Park (in Currie) and Green Giant Statue Park (in Blue Earth). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Pipestone National Monument, sample the tasty concoctions at Schell's, make a splash at 'Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark Okoboji, and admire the majestic nature at Kilen Woods State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Spirit Lake trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Altoona to Spirit Lake takes 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Spirit Lake

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
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."