21 days in Iowa Itinerary

21 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 3 nights
Drive
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Elk Horn
— 1 night
Drive
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Sioux City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Okoboji
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mason City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waterloo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dyersville
— 1 night
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Iowa City
— 3 nights
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Des Moines

— 3 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Salisbury House and World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Attractions like Capitol Building and Pappajohn Sculpture Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Winterset (Hogback Covered Bridge & John Wayne Birthplace & Museum) and Iowa Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame (in Greenfield). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit and make a splash at Adventureland.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines itinerary planner.

Las Vegas to Des Moines is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Des Moines. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, things will get slightly colder in Des Moines: highs are around 84°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Elk Horn.

Things to do in Des Moines

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Elk Horn

— 1 night
Elk Horn is a city in Shelby County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Danish America and then see the interesting displays at Danish Windmill Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Elk Horn tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Des Moines to Elk Horn in 1.5 hours. In June in Elk Horn, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Elk Horn

Museums

Sioux City

— 4 nights
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center and Sioux City Public Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Trinity Heights and Sioux City Railroad Museum. Take a break from Sioux City with a short trip to Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center in Le Mars, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, look for gifts at Jolly Time Museum and Koated Kernels Shoppe, and explore the world behind art at Sioux City Art Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sioux City trip planner.

You can drive from Elk Horn to Sioux City in 2 hours. In June in Sioux City, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Okoboji.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Okoboji

— 2 nights
Okoboji is a city in Dickinson County, Iowa, United States, along the eastern shore of West Okoboji Lake in the Iowa Great Lakes region.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.86sqmi, of which, 1.85sqmi is land and 0.01sqmi is water.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 807 people, 427 households, and 241 families residing in the city. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Abbie Gardner Cabin. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History and then examine the collection at Okoboji Classic Cars.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Okoboji day trip planning tool.

Drive from Sioux City to Okoboji in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Okoboji can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Okoboji

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mason City

— 2 nights
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District and then steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Mason City road trip planning site.

Getting from Okoboji to Mason City by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June in Mason City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waterloo.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife

Waterloo

— 4 nights
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale. Family-friendly places like Phelps Youth Pavilion and Cedar Valley Nature Trail will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterloo: Matchstick Marvels Museum (in Gladbrook), Bily Clocks Museum (in Spillville) and Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence). The adventure continues: hike along Trout Run Trail and tour the pleasant surroundings at Decorah Fish Hatchery.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Waterloo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Waterloo takes 1.5 hours. June in Waterloo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dyersville.

Things to do in Waterloo

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Dyersville

— 1 night
Dyersville is a city in eastern Delaware and western Dubuque counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Basilica and then don't miss a visit to National Farm Toy Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dyersville holiday planner.

You can drive from Waterloo to Dyersville in 1.5 hours. In June in Dyersville, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Iowa City.

Things to do in Dyersville

Historic Sites · Museums

Iowa City

— 3 nights
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Capitol Museum and Antique Car Museum of Iowa. Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Natural History and The Iowa Children's Museum. Explore Iowa City's surroundings by going to Cedar Rapids (NewBo City Market & Cedar Rapids Museum of Art) and Kalona Historical Village (in Kalona). It doesn't end there: stop by A J's Copper Garden.

To find maps and more tourist information, read Iowa City day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dyersville to Iowa City takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Iowa City are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iowa City

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
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."