3 days in Iowa Itinerary

3 days in Iowa Itinerary

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3 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Le Claire
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Dubuque
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Kalamazoo

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Le Claire

Le Claire ©
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum and then browse for treasures at Antique Archeology.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Le Claire travel route planner.

Kalamazoo to Le Claire is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. September in Le Claire sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

1
night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 5th (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then take a leisurely stroll along Riverwalk, and finally stroll around Eagle Point Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dubuque trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Le Claire to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Le Claire in September, you will find days in Dubuque are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

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

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 6th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines road trip planner .

Drive from Dubuque to Des Moines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubuque in September, Des Moines is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

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