20 days in Davenport, Fort Dodge & Des Moines Itinerary

20 days in Davenport, Fort Dodge & Des Moines Itinerary

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Davenport
— 9 nights
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Fort Dodge
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
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Davenport — 9 nights

Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Davenport: West Branch (Herbert Hoover National Historic Site & Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum), Dubuque (Fenelon Place Elevator Co., National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, &more) and Galena (Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Ulysses S. Grant Home, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum, and contemplate the long history of Pine Creek Grist Mill.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Davenport day trip tool.

Des Moines to Davenport is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fort Dodge.
Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Fort Dodge — 2 nights

Fort Dodge is a city in and the county seat of Webster County, Iowa, United States, along the Des Moines River. On the 10th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Algona P.W. Camp Museum, then Head underground at Grotto of the Redemption, then pause for some photo ops at The Indian Princess Statue, and finally relax in the rural setting at Community Orchard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Story City Antique Carousel, then make a trip to Mahanay Bell Tower, then get engrossed in the history at The Fort Museum & Frontier Village, and finally view the masterpieces at Blanden Art Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Dodge trip planner.

You can drive from Davenport to Fort Dodge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Fort Dodge are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Des Moines.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Des Moines — 8 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Explore Des Moines' surroundings by going to Winterset (Holliwell Bridge, Roseman Covered Bridge, &more), Ames (Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, &more) and Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles). There's much more to do: catch a live event at Iowa State Fairgrounds, get in on the family fun at Adventureland, meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo, and walk around Gray's Lake Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Dodge to Des Moines takes 2 hours. September in Des Moines sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips