3 days in Iowa Itinerary

3 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubuque sightseeing planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Waterloo.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Galena
Highlights from your plan
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

1
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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, admire the natural beauty at Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, and then cool off at Lost Island Water Park.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Waterloo online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Waterloo takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Waterloo are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waterloo

Theme Parks Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lost Island Water Park ©
Lost Island Water Park
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum ©
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens ©
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

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