22 days in Iowa Itinerary

22 days in Iowa Itinerary

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22 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Dubuque
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mason City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Missouri Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Des Moines
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Waterloo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Cedar Rapids

4
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Venture out of the city with trips to Bixby State Preserve (in Edgewood), Bickelhaupt Arboretum (in Clinton) and Manchester (Bailey's Ford Recreation Area & Manchester Fish Hatchery). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, and relax in the rural setting at Wilson's Orchard.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dubuque sightseeing planner .

Cedar Rapids to Dubuque is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In August in Dubuque, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Manchester, Wilson's Orchard, Bixby State Preserve, Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Highlights from your plan
Manchester Fish Hatchery ©
Manchester Fish Hatchery
Bixby State Preserve ©
Bixby State Preserve

3
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Decorah: Driftless Area Wetlands Centre (in Marquette), McGregor (Spook Cave & Pikes Peak State Park) and Motor Mill Historic Site (in Elkader). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Decorah Fish Hatchery, take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, and see the interesting displays at Vesterheim.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Decorah journey planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Decorah in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

McGregor, Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, Motor Mill Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery
Driftless Area Wetlands Centre ©
Driftless Area Wetlands Centre
Dunnings Spring Park ©
Dunnings Spring Park

3
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Mason City is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Fossil & Prairie Center, steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum, explore the world behind art at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, and walk around East Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mason City vacation maker site .

Drive from Decorah to Mason City in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Missouri Valley.

Things to do in Mason City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Fossil & Prairie Center
Highlights from your plan
Fossil & Prairie Center ©
Fossil & Prairie Center
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum

2
nights
Missouri Valley

Missouri Valley ©
Missouri Valley is a city in Harrison County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center and then identify plant and animal life at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Danish America and then enjoy breathtaking views from Lewis and Clark Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Missouri Valley trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mason City to Missouri Valley in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mason City in August since evenings lows in Missouri Valley dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Missouri Valley

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Lewis and Clark Park, Museum of Danish America, Hitchcock Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Hitchcock Nature Center ©
Hitchcock Nature Center
Lewis and Clark Park ©
Lewis and Clark Park

5
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Blank Park Zoo and Adventureland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Ames (Iowa State University & Textile and Clothing Museum), Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center (in Prairie City) and The Freedom Rock (in Menlo). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, get engrossed in the history at State Historical Museum, do a tasting at La Vida Loca Winery, and identify plant and animal life at Lake Icaria State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip planner .

Traveling by car from Missouri Valley to Des Moines takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Waterloo.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ames, Lake Icaria State Park, The Freedom Rock, Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Adventureland
Highlights from your plan
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

4
nights
Waterloo

Waterloo ©
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Explore Waterloo's surroundings by going to Cedar Rapids (Indian Creek Nature Center & Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium), Macbride Nature Recreation Area (in Solon) and Squaw Creek Park (in Marion). There's lots more to do: make a splash at Lost Island Water Park, examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, explore by horseback at Hickory Hills park/Casey's Paha, and identify plant and animal life at Hartman Reserve Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Waterloo online route planner .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Waterloo takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Des Moines in August since evenings lows in Waterloo dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Waterloo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cedar Rapids, Squaw Creek Park, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Hickory Hills park/Casey's Paha, Macbride Nature Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Indian Creek Nature Center ©
Indian Creek Nature Center
Lost Island Water Park ©
Lost Island Water Park
Macbride Nature Recreation Area ©
Macbride Nature Recreation Area

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