3 days in Iowa Itinerary

3 days in Iowa Itinerary

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3 days in Iowa Itinerary

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

1
night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 18th (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and then don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino, and then stroll around Eagle Point Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dubuque holiday planner.

Appleton to Dubuque is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In October, daytime highs in Dubuque are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

National Motorcycle Museum
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines day trip planning app .

You can drive from Dubuque to Des Moines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Des Moines sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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