24 days in Iowa Itinerary

24 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sioux City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mason City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cedar Rapids
— 3 nights
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Muscatine
— 3 nights
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Des Moines — 4 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Head to Danish Windmill Museum and Drew's Chocolatesfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Salisbury House and Hogback Covered Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn), Knoxville (Marion County Fairgrounds, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, &more) and Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, see the interesting displays at Iowa Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clive Greenbelt Trail, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at West End Architectural Salvage.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines tour builder website.

Dallas to Des Moines is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dallas in August; daily highs in Des Moines reach 84°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sioux City.
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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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Trinity Heights and Sioux City Railroad Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center and Okoboji Classic Cars. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux City: Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History (in Milford) and Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Sioux City Art Center, see the interesting displays at Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe, and revel in the low prices at Palmer Candy.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sioux City trip maker site.

Drive from Des Moines to Sioux City in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sioux City are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Mason City.
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Mason City — 3 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Visit Music Man Square and Meredith Willson Boyhood Home for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale. Get out of town with these interesting Mason City side-trips: Pilot Knob State Park (in Forest City) and Algona P.W. Camp Museum (in Algona). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Clear Lake State Park, contemplate the long history of Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, and take in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mason City tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Sioux City to Mason City in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Decorah.
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Decorah — 3 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Montauk Historical Site and Masters Hotel. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bily Clocks Museum and Eagles Landing Winery. When in Decorah, make a side trip to see Yellow River State Forest in Harpers Ferry, approximately Harpers Ferry away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery, sample the tasty concoctions at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, stroll through Trout Run Trail, and see the interesting displays at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Decorah trip maker website.

Getting from Mason City to Decorah by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dubuque.
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Dubuque — 3 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Backbone State Park and Park Farm Winery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Farm Toy Museum and St. Francis Basilica. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: Bellevue State Park (in Bellevue) and Wide River Winery (in Clinton). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, savor the flavors at Iowa Wine Tours, take a leisurely stroll along Riverwalk, and don't miss a visit to Julien Dubuque Monument.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dubuque day trip website.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Dubuque takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cedar Rapids.
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Cedar Rapids — 3 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Get some historical perspective at Amana Heritage Society and Kalona Historical Village. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and The Iowa Children's Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cedar Rapids: Fireside Winery (in Marengo), Devonian Fossil Gorge (in Iowa City) and Amana General Store (in Amana). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Antique Car Museum of Iowa and learn about winemaking at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cedar Rapids driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Muscatine.
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Muscatine — 3 nights

Muscatine is a city in Muscatine County, Iowa, United States. Get some cultural insight at Pine Creek Grist Mill and National Pearl Button Museum. Maharishi Vedic Observatory and Midwest Old Threshers will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Muscatine's surroundings by going to Mosquito Park (in Burlington) and Keosauqua (Bentonsport National Historic District & Lacey Keosauqua State Park). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Muscatine Art Center.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Muscatine online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Muscatine takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Muscatine can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Iowa travel guide

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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."
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