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 St. Francis Basilica. Step out of Dubuque to go to Dyersville and see National Farm Toy Museum, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Julien Dubuque Monument, go for a walk through Riverwalk, admire the landmark architecture of Clock Tower, and cool off at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dubuque trip itinerary maker site.

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Columbus in November: high temperatures in Dubuque hover around 45°F and lows are around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Le Claire.

Things to do in Dubuque

Wineries · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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: look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology.

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 travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Le Claire

Shopping · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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: Iowa City (Old Capitol Museum & Devonian Fossil Gorge), Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (in Waterloo) and Amana General Store (in Amana). 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. 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 travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 Eagles Landing Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: Charles H. MacNider Art Museum (in Mason City) 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 tour the pleasant surroundings 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. 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 travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Decorah

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 Reiman Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Seven Oaks Recreation (in Boone), Clark Tower (in Winterset) and Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Clive Greenbelt Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings 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. 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 travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 Stone State Park and Sioux City Art Center. 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: see the interesting displays at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, get some fabulous bargains at Palmer Candy, and shop like a local with Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux City trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Sioux City takes 3 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sioux City, with lows of 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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 Historic General Dodge House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Council Bluffs: Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley) and Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn). Next up on the itinerary: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, take in panoramic vistas at Lewis and Clark Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hitchcock Nature Center, and examine the collection at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Council Bluffs travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Council Bluffs takes 1.5 hours. In November in Council Bluffs, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
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."