3 days in Iowa Itinerary

3 days in Iowa Itinerary

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3 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
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Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Dubuque
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 22nd (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo, and then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and then make a splash at Adventureland.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Des Moines online trip builder .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Des Moines. In September, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, Adventureland
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Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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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 24th (Tue): make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then explore the galleries of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then take a leisurely stroll along Riverwalk, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Dubuque online vacation planner .

Getting from Des Moines to Dubuque by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in September, expect Dubuque to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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