24 days in Iowa Itinerary

24 days in Iowa Itinerary

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24 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  5​h
1
Dubuque
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mason City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Waterloo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
West Branch
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Amana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Council Bluffs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Knoxville

4
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Get a sense of the local culture at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Ulysses S. Grant Home. Step out of the city life by going to Bailey's Ford Recreation Area and Mines of Spain. Get out of town with these interesting Dubuque side-trips: Cave of the Mounds (in Blue Mounds), Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson) and Thunderbay Falls (in Galena). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of The House on the Rock, do a tasting at Stone Cliff Winery, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and stroll around Eagle Point Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dubuque online trip itinerary maker .

Knoxville to Dubuque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Knoxville to Dubuque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Knoxville in August: high temperatures in Dubuque hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Galena, Spring Green, Cave of the Mounds, Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, Bailey's Ford Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The House on the Rock ©
The House on the Rock
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

3
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Appreciate the collections at Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Villa Louis. Get in touch with nature at Decorah Fish Hatchery and Pikes Peak State Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Dunnings Spring Park, see the interesting displays at Vesterheim, experience rural life at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, and hike along Trout Run Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Decorah trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Decorah takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pikes Peak State Park, Villa Louis, Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Villa Louis ©
Villa Louis

3
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stockman House Museum and Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. Appreciate the collections at Music Man Square and Kinney Pioneer Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, walk around East Park, steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, and identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mason City road trip site .

Traveling by car from Decorah to Mason City takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Waterloo.

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
Music Man Square ©
Music Man Square

3
nights
Waterloo

Waterloo ©
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale. Visiting Hickory Hills park/Casey's Paha and Hartman Reserve Nature Center will get you outdoors. Explore Waterloo's surroundings by going to Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence) and Backbone State Park (in Dundee). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, shop like a local with Waterloo Center for the Arts, cool off at Lost Island Water Park, and view the masterpieces at Phelps Youth Pavilion.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Waterloo travel route builder site .

Getting from Mason City to Waterloo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to West Branch.

Things to do in Waterloo

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), Hickory Hills park/Casey's Paha, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, LIttle Brown Church in the Vale, Backbone State Park
Highlights from your plan
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum ©
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
LIttle Brown Church in the Vale ©
LIttle Brown Church in the Vale

1
night
West Branch

West Branch ©
West Branch is a city in Cedar and Johnson counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, then explore the striking landscape at Devonian Fossil Gorge, then stroll through Clear Creek Trail, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Terry Trueblood Recreational Area.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the West Branch trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Waterloo to West Branch in 1.5 hours. In August in West Branch, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Amana.

Things to do in West Branch

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Iowa City, Clear Creek Trail
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Amana

Amana ©
Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Amana Woolen Mill, learn about winemaking at White Cross Cellars, and then contemplate the long history of Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): head outdoors with Cedar Rapids Kernels, then examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, then take an in-depth tour of Amana Heritage Society, and finally stop by A J's Copper Garden.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Amana trip builder app .

Traveling by car from West Branch to Amana takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Amana

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Cedar Rapids
Highlights from your plan
Amana Woolen Mill ©
Amana Woolen Mill
Amana Heritage Society ©
Amana Heritage Society

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Get outdoors at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center and High Trestle Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Salisbury House and Des Moines Art Center. Explore Des Moines' surroundings by going to Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve (in Grinnell), John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset) and Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House (in Pella). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, stroll around Heritage Carousel, get engrossed in the history at State Historical Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Des Moines driving holiday site .

You can drive from Amana to Des Moines in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Des Moines are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, High Trestle Trail, Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House
Highlights from your plan
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Salisbury House ©
Salisbury House

3
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Family Shrine and St. Cecilia's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of American Speed and The Durham Museum. Step out of Council Bluffs to go to Missouri Valley and see Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, look for all kinds of wild species at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, and snap pictures at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Council Bluffs vacation maker site .

You can drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Omaha, Museum of American Speed, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Holy Family Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

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