28 days in Iowa Itinerary

28 days in Iowa Itinerary

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28 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Ames
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mason City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Davenport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cedar Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Winterset
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Sioux City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Council Bluffs
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Berlin

3
nights
Ames

Ames ©
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ames: Newton (Maytag Dairy Farm & Iowa Speedway), Altoona (Adventureland & Prairie Meadows) and High Trestle Trail (in Ankeny). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Reiman Gardens, gain insight at Iowa State University, and steep yourself in history at Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ames day trip website .

Berlin, Germany to Ames is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Berlin to Ames due to the time zone difference. May in Ames sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Ames

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Altoona, Newton, Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Reiman Gardens ©
Reiman Gardens
Iowa State University ©
Iowa State University

2
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square, then steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Park Inn Hotel. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, and then contemplate the long history of Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mason City day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ames to Mason City takes 2 hours. In May in Mason City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum ©
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

3
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Decorah side-trips: Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry), Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor) and Floyd County Historical Society Museum (in Charles City). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, do a tasting at Eagles Landing Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Decorah Fish Hatchery.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Decorah tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Mason City to Decorah in 2 hours. In May in Decorah, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Spillville, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Pikes Peak State Park, Floyd County Historical Society Museum, Eagles Landing Winery
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Dunnings Spring Park ©
Dunnings Spring Park
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Change things up with a short trip to St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino, and admire the natural beauty at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubuque online trip maker .

Drive from Decorah to Dubuque in 2 hours. June in Dubuque sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Maquoketa Caves State Park, St. Francis Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

3
nights
Davenport

Davenport ©
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Snake Alley (in Burlington) and Eagle Point Park (in Clinton). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House, engage your brain at The Putnam Museum & Science Center, and appreciate the history behind Soldier's Monument.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Davenport trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Dubuque to Davenport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Le Claire, Walcott, Snake Alley, Eagle Point Park
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum
Vander Veer Botanical Park ©
Vander Veer Botanical Park

3
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Explore Cedar Rapids' surroundings by going to National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa), Terry Trueblood Recreational Area (in Iowa City) and West Branch (Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum & Herbert Hoover National Historic Site). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, make a trip to Brucemore, explore the engaging exhibits at The Iowa Children's Museum, and get your game on at The Play Station.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cedar Rapids tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Davenport to Cedar Rapids by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Cedar Rapids are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Winterset.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

West Branch, Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, National Motorcycle Museum, The Iowa Children's Museum, Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Winterset

Winterset ©
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Explore Winterset's surroundings by going to Des Moines (Blank Park Zoo, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and snap pictures at Roseman Covered Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Winterset day trip planning website .

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Winterset in 3 hours. June in Winterset sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Winterset

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Des Moines, Imes Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

3
nights
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. Sioux City is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Grandview Park, explore the engaging exhibits at LaunchPAD Children’s Museum, examine the collection at Sioux City Public Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Stone State Park.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sioux City attractions planner.

You can drive from Winterset to Sioux City in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sioux City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sioux City Public Museum ©
Sioux City Public Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Trinity Heights ©
Trinity Heights

4
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley) and Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn). The adventure continues: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, appreciate the history behind Lewis and Clark Park, admire the striking features of Historic General Dodge House, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Wabash Trace Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Council Bluffs trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Sioux City to Council Bluffs in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trips

Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Museum of Danish America
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

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