2 days in Iowa Itinerary

2 days in Iowa Itinerary

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2 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Dubuque
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Cedar Rapids

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day
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and then stroll around Eagle Point Park.

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Cedar Rapids to Dubuque is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In October, daytime highs in Dubuque are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at High Trestle Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Des Moines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

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