30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Dubuque
— 3 nights
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Davenport
— 4 nights
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Coralville
— 3 nights
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Waterloo
— 3 nights
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Decorah
— 3 nights
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Mason City
— 3 nights
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Des Moines
— 4 nights
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Sioux City
— 3 nights
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Council Bluffs
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Dubuque — 3 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sundown Mountain and Julien Dubuque Monument. Venture out of the city with trips to Dyersville (St. Francis Basilica & National Farm Toy Museum). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, indulge your senses at Iowa Wine Tours, cool off at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubuque trip itinerary planning site.

Columbus to Dubuque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Columbus in November, expect Dubuque to be little chillier, temps between 45°F and 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Davenport.
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Davenport — 4 nights

Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Figge Art Museum and Wide River Winery Tasting Room. Get out of town with these interesting Davenport side-trips: Clinton (The Sawmill Museum, Wide River Winery, &more). There's still lots to do: join in the after-dark buzz at Mississippi River Distilling Company, look for gifts at Chocolate Manor, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, and take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Davenport driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Coralville.
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Coralville — 3 nights

Coralville is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery. When in Coralville, make a side trip to see Fireside Winery in Marengo, approximately Marengo away. There's much more to do: have fun and explore at The Iowa Children's Museum, admire the masterpieces at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Old Capitol Museum, and look for gifts at Amana General Store.

Discover how to plan a Coralville trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Davenport to Coralville in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Coralville can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Waterloo.
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Waterloo — 3 nights

Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy. Venture out of the city with trips to LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua), Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence) and Matchstick Marvels Museum (in Gladbrook). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Cedar Falls Main Street, walk around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, grab your bike and head to Cedar Valley Nature Trail, and take in nature's colorful creations at Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Waterloo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Coralville to Waterloo in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Waterloo can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Decorah.
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Decorah — 3 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Trout Run Trail and Vesterheim. Explore Decorah's surroundings by going to Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry), Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette) and Paper Moon (in McGregor). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company, identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery, and walk around Mount Hosmer Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Decorah planner.

You can drive from Waterloo to Decorah in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mason City.
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Mason City — 3 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Charles H. MacNider Art Museum and Lime Creek Nature Center. Explore Mason City's surroundings by going to Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend), Algona P.W. Camp Museum (in Algona) and Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Historic Park Inn Hotel, take in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa, and examine the collection at Music Man Square.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mason City trip builder app.

Getting from Decorah to Mason City by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daily temperatures in Mason City can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 4 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Des Moines Art Center and Seven Oaks Recreation. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center (in Prairie City), Maytag Dairy Farm (in Newton) and Ames (Reiman Gardens & Alluvial Brewing Company). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Clive Greenbelt Trail, walk around Gray's Lake Park, try to win big at Prairie Meadows, and sample the tasty concoctions at Confluence Brewing Company.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Des Moines online route maker.

You can drive from Mason City to Des Moines in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mason City in November; daily highs in Des Moines reach 51°F and lows reach 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sioux City.
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Sioux City — 3 nights

Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center and Sioux City Railroad Museum. Go for a jaunt from Sioux City to Le Mars to see Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Stone State Park, examine the collection at Sioux City Public Museum, explore the world behind art at Sioux City Art Center, and take an in-depth tour of Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux City trip tool.

You can drive from Des Moines to Sioux City in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sioux City when traveling from Des Moines in November, with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 3 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loess Hills Scenic Byway and Desoto National Wildlife Refuge. Explore Council Bluffs' surroundings by going to Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca) and Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn). There's much more to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, don't miss a visit to Historic General Dodge House, take in panoramic vistas at Lewis and Clark Park, and walk around Hitchcock Nature Center.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Council Bluffs trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Council Bluffs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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.
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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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