3 days in Chicago & Iowa Itinerary

3 days in Chicago & Iowa Itinerary

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3 days in Chicago & Iowa Itinerary

Start: Chicago
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Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
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Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, stroll around Millennium Park, then appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): explore the galleries of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, then don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, then get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Chicago attractions planner .

If you are flying in from Norway, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

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Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Des Moines holiday builder site .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Des Moines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Des Moines are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Tours Trails Parks

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
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Food Tours
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

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