20 days in Iowa Itinerary

20 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Cedar Rapids
— 4 nights
2
Dubuque
— 5 nights
3
Davenport
— 4 nights
4
Des Moines
— 5 nights

4
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Attractions like Lost Island Water Park and Cedar Rapids Kernels make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cedar Rapids: West Branch (Herbert Hoover National Historic Site & Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum), John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum (in Waterloo) and Iowa City (Terry Trueblood Recreational Area & Wilson's Orchard). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, browse the eclectic array of goods at NewBo City Market, admire the masterpieces at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and take a stroll through Cedar Falls Main Street.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids trip itinerary planner.

Kerrville to Cedar Rapids is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In June, Cedar Rapids is slightly colder than Kerrville - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

West Branch, Waterloo, Iowa City, The Iowa Children's Museum, Good Quilts and Great Gardens
Highlights from your plan
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library ©
Lost Island Water Park ©
Lost Island Water Park
The Iowa Children's Museum ©
The Iowa Children's Museum

5
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Fenelon Place Elevator Co.. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor), Motor Mill Historic Site (in Elkader) and National Farm Toy Museum (in Dyersville). There's lots more to do: stroll around Eagle Point Park, try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino, admire the natural beauty at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Decorah, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Pikes Peak State Park, Motor Mill Historic Site, National Farm Toy Museum
Highlights from your plan
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

4
nights
Davenport

Davenport ©
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Putnam Museum & Science Center and Vander Veer Botanical Park. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, sample the fine beverages at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House, explore the engaging exhibits at Family Museum of Arts and Science, and hunt for treasures at Freight House Farmers Market.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Davenport online vacation planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Le Claire, Walcott, Family Museum of Arts and Science
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Family Museum of Arts and Science ©
Family Museum of Arts and Science
The Putnam Museum & Science Center ©
The Putnam Museum & Science Center

5
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Family-friendly places like Capitol Building and Adventureland will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Ames (Iowa State University & Reiman Gardens), Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles) and John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, engage your brain at Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater, explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, and steep yourself in history at Living History Farms.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Des Moines holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Davenport to Des Moines takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ames, Living History Farms, Imes Covered Bridge, Adventureland, High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Iowa State University ©
Iowa State University

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