3 days in South Central Iowa Itinerary

3 days in South Central Iowa Itinerary

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3 days in South Central Iowa Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Drive:  1​h
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Des Moines


Pella ©
Pella is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States, with a population of 10,352 at the time of the 2010 census. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Red Rock, then browse the collection at Pella Public Library, then contemplate the long history of Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Klokkenspel.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pella driving holiday planning tool .

Des Moines to Pella is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In April, daily temperatures in Pella can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Winterset.

Things to do in Pella

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Red Rock
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Lake Red Rock ©
Lake Red Rock
Pella Public Library ©
Pella Public Library
Klokkenspel ©


Winterset ©
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the views from Cutler-Donahoe Bridge, make a trip to Clark Tower, then take in the views from Holliwell Bridge, then take in the views from Cedar Bridge, and finally make a trip to Courthouse Square. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, examine the collection at Iowa Quilt Museum, snap pictures at Hogback Covered Bridge, then snap pictures at Roseman Covered Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pammel Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Winterset travel route app .

You can drive from Pella to Winterset in 1.5 hours. In April in Winterset, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Winterset

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Roseman Covered Bridge ©
Roseman Covered Bridge
Holliwell Bridge ©
Holliwell Bridge