20 days in Iowa Itinerary

20 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa trip planner
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Dubuque
— 5 nights
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Le Claire
— 2 nights
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West Branch
— 1 night
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Waterloo
— 3 nights
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Des Moines
— 4 nights
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Council Bluffs
— 4 nights
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Dubuque — 5 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor), Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry) and National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, admire the majestic nature at Maquoketa Caves State Park, admire the natural beauty at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and stroll around Eagle Point Park.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Dubuque trip app.

Cleveland to Dubuque is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cleveland in July, Dubuque is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Le Claire.
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Le Claire — 2 nights

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop and then take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology.

Make your Le Claire itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Dubuque to Le Claire in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Le Claire can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to West Branch.
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West Branch — 1 night

West Branch is a city in Cedar and Johnson counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): browse the collection at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and then grab your bike and head to Hoover Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the West Branch online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Le Claire to West Branch in an hour. August in West Branch sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waterloo.
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Waterloo — 3 nights

Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Explore Waterloo's surroundings by going to A J's Copper Garden (in Amana), Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence) and Decorah (Vesterheim & Dunnings Spring Park). The adventure continues: make a splash at Lost Island Water Park and see the interesting displays at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Waterloo online trip maker.

You can drive from West Branch to Waterloo in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 4 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Step out of Des Moines with an excursion to Reiman Gardens in Ames--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, take in nature's colorful creations at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Des Moines trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Waterloo to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. August in Des Moines sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 4 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Council Bluffs: Sioux City (Sioux City Public Museum, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, &more). The adventure continues: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and appreciate the history behind Lewis and Clark Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Council Bluffs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to 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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