30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Dubuque
— 4 nights
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Le Claire
— 3 nights
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Cedar Rapids
— 5 nights
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Decorah
— 4 nights
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Des Moines
— 5 nights
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Sioux City
— 4 nights
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Council Bluffs
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Dubuque — 4 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sundown Mountain and Riverwalk. Explore Dubuque's surroundings by going to Dyersville (National Farm Toy Museum & St. Francis Basilica). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Julien Dubuque Monument, try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino, indulge in some personalized pampering at Potosa Spa, and make a splash at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dubuque trip planner.

Columbus to Dubuque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, Dubuque is little chillier than Columbus - with highs of 45°F and lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Le Claire.
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Le Claire — 3 nights

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wide River Winery Tasting Room and Green Tree Brewery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Le Claire: Clinton (Wide River Winery & Eagle Point Park). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, and look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Le Claire trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Le Claire takes 1.5 hours. November in Le Claire sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cedar Rapids.
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Cedar Rapids — 5 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and Fireside Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cedar Rapids: Amana General Store (in Amana), Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (in Waterloo) and Iowa City (Old Capitol Museum & Devonian Fossil Gorge). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at The Iowa Children's Museum, hunt for treasures at NewBo City Market, learn about winemaking at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, and admire the masterpieces at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

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Drive from Le Claire to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Decorah.
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Decorah — 4 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Trout Run Trail and Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette) and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, and identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Decorah vacation planner.

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Decorah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Decorah are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 5 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Explore hidden gems such as Des Moines Art Center and Seven Oaks Recreation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge), Clark Tower (in Winterset) and Reiman Gardens (in Ames). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Clive Greenbelt Trail, identify plant and animal life at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Des Moines online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Decorah to Des Moines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Decorah in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Des Moines: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Sioux City.
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Sioux City — 4 nights

Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center and Sioux City Public Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux City: Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History (in Milford) and Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Stone State Park, explore the world behind art at Sioux City Art Center, revel in the low prices at Palmer Candy, and stop by Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sioux City route planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Sioux City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Des Moines in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sioux City, with lows around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 4 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Loess Hills Scenic Byway and Museum of Danish America. Step out of Council Bluffs with an excursion to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri Valley--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, enjoy breathtaking views from Lewis and Clark Park, see the interesting displays at Historic General Dodge House, and identify plant and animal life at Hitchcock Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Council Bluffs attractions planning tool.

Drive from Sioux City to Council Bluffs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Council Bluffs sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Iowa travel guide

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The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."
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