22 days in Iowa Itinerary

22 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa holiday maker
Make it your trip
Fly to Quad City International Airport, Drive to Davenport
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
Cedar Rapids
— 4 nights
Mason City
— 3 nights
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Council Bluffs
— 4 nights


Davenport — 2 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. Davenport is known for museums, casinos, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get answers to all your questions at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, and learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Davenport trip itinerary planning site.

Tulsa to Davenport is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In November, Davenport is slightly colder than Tulsa - with highs of 50°F and lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Dubuque.
Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife
Side Trips

Dubuque — 4 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: St. Francis Basilica (in Dyersville) and Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dubuque online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Davenport in November, plan for little chillier days in Dubuque, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Cedar Rapids.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Cedar Rapids — 4 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Get out of town with these interesting Cedar Rapids side-trips: University of Iowa (in Iowa City), National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa) and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (in West Branch). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, have fun and explore at The Iowa Children's Museum, take a stroll through Cedar Falls Main Street, and browse the eclectic array of goods at NewBo City Market.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cedar Rapids trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Cedar Rapids can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mason City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Mason City — 3 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mason City: Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend) and Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, contemplate the long history of Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, don't miss a visit to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, and take in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mason City online vacation maker.

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Mason City by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Des Moines.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Des Moines — 4 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Ames (Iowa State University & Reiman Gardens). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, take a stroll through East Village, walk around Gray's Lake Park, and admire the masterpieces at Des Moines Art Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines road trip planning site.

You can drive from Mason City to Des Moines in 2 hours. Traveling from Mason City in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Des Moines: highs are around 51°F and lows about 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Council Bluffs.
Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Council Bluffs — 4 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Council Bluffs: Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley), Loess Hills Scenic Byway (in Percival) and Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn). There's lots more to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, see the interesting displays at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Lewis and Clark Park, and grab your bike and head to Wabash Trace Nature Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Council Bluffs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Council Bluffs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums
Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

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."