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 St. Francis Basilica. Change things up with a short trip to National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and cool off at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark.

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Columbus to Dubuque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus to Dubuque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Dubuque is a bit cooler than Columbus - with highs of 45°F and lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

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 Great River Brewery. 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.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

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, look for gifts at Amana General Store, steep yourself in history at Old Capitol Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

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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.

Things to do in Coralville

Museums · Wineries · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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 Matchstick Marvels Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence) and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Cedar Falls Main Street, grab your bike and head to Cedar Valley Nature Trail, walk around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, and experience rural life at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy.

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.

Things to do in Waterloo

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trips

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 Pulpit Rock Brewing Company. Explore Decorah's surroundings by going to Paper Moon (in McGregor), Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette) and Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vesterheim, walk around Mount Hosmer Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Decorah Fish Hatchery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company.

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Getting from Waterloo to Decorah by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

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 Algona P.W. Camp Museum (in Algona), Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend) and Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of 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. 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 travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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 Clive Greenbelt Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Seven Oaks Recreation (in Boone), Ames (Reiman Gardens & Alluvial Brewing Company) and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center (in Prairie City). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Gray's Lake Park, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, try your luck at Prairie Meadows, and ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Des Moines itinerary site.

You can drive from Mason City to Des Moines in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mason City in November: high temperatures in Des Moines hover around 51°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

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 Stone State Park and Sioux City Art Center. Go for a jaunt from Sioux City to Le Mars to see Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, take an in-depth tour of Sioux City Railroad Museum, get all the information you need at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, and look for gifts at Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe.

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Traveling by car from Des Moines to Sioux City takes 3 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in November, Sioux City is little chillier at night with lows of 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 Lewis and Clark Park. Explore Council Bluffs' surroundings by going to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley), Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn) and Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca). There's much more to do: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hitchcock Nature Center, and admire the striking features of Historic General Dodge House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Council Bluffs journey builder website.

Drive from Sioux City to Council Bluffs in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · 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."