3 days in Iowa Itinerary

3 days in Iowa Itinerary

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3 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Subway + Fly:  3 h
1
Dubuque
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Waterloo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
End: Chicago

1
night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): stroll around Eagle Point Park and then sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dubuque holiday builder website .

Chicago to Dubuque is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in August, Dubuque is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Waterloo.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Galena
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

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night
Waterloo

Waterloo ©
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lost Island Water Park. On the 2nd (Mon), examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, and then make a splash at Lost Island Water Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Waterloo online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Waterloo takes 2 hours. In September in Waterloo, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waterloo

Theme Parks Museums Parks
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Lost Island Water Park ©
Lost Island Water Park
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum ©
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum

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