3 days in Iowa Itinerary

3 days in Iowa Itinerary

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3 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Dubuque
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, then get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines trip planner.

New York City to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Des Moines. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for little chillier nights in Des Moines, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

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Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Julien Dubuque Monument, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dubuque online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Dubuque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dubuque, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Julien Dubuque Monument ©
Julien Dubuque Monument

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