23 days in Iowa Itinerary

23 days in Iowa Itinerary

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23 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  16​h
1
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
West Bend
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mason City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Dubuque
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cedar Rapids
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Berlin

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and Salisbury House. Get some historical perspective at Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House and Valley Junction. Step out of Des Moines to go to Madrid and see Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, and cool off at Adventureland.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Des Moines trip itinerary maker .

Berlin, Germany to Des Moines is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Berlin to Des Moines due to the time zone difference. In June in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to West Bend.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, High Trestle Trail, Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, Valley Junction, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Valley Junction ©
Valley Junction

1
night
West Bend

West Bend ©
West Bend is a city in Kossuth and Palo Alto (originally) counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): Head underground at Grotto of the Redemption.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the West Bend visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to West Bend takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in West Bend are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mason City.

Things to do in West Bend

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grotto of the Redemption ©
Grotto of the Redemption

3
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Get some historical perspective at Stockman House Museum and Meredith Willson Boyhood Home. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Park Inn Hotel and Music Man Square. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, walk around East Park, and admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mason City trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Bend to Mason City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel

3
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Dunnings Spring Park and Motor Mill Historic Site. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vesterheim and Effigy Mounds National Monument. Change things up with a short trip to Pikes Peak State Park in McGregor (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Trout Run Trail, identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Decorah trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Motor Mill Historic Site, Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Pikes Peak State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church ©
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church

4
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Buffalo Bill Museum. Get outdoors at Maquoketa Caves State Park and Mines of Spain. Venture out of the city with trips to Dyersville (National Farm Toy Museum & St. Francis Basilica), Antique Archeology (in Le Claire) and Old City Hall Gallery (in Maquoketa). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., pause for some photo ops at Veteran's Memorial Plaza, admire the landmark architecture of Clock Tower, and see the interesting displays at Dubuque Museum of Art.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dubuque road trip app .

Traveling by car from Decorah to Dubuque takes 2 hours. June in Dubuque sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Le Claire, Dyersville, Maquoketa Caves State Park, Old City Hall Gallery
Highlights from your plan
St. Francis Basilica ©
St. Francis Basilica
Maquoketa Caves State Park ©
Maquoketa Caves State Park

6
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Visiting Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) and Terry Trueblood Recreational Area will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Brucemore. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cedar Rapids: Old Capitol Museum (in Iowa City), Amana (Amana Woolen Mill & Amana Heritage Society) and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (in West Branch). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Snake Alley.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Amana, Iowa City, West Branch, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, Swedish American Museum and Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

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