30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Council Bluffs
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Des Moines
— 5 nights
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Mason City
— 4 nights
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Decorah
— 3 nights
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Cedar Rapids
— 5 nights
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Davenport
— 4 nights
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Dubuque
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Council Bluffs — 3 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Council Bluffs: Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley), Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn) and Loess Hills Scenic Byway (in Percival). And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, grab your bike and head to Wabash Trace Nature Trail, see the interesting displays at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and appreciate the history behind Lewis and Clark Park.

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Columbus to Council Bluffs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Council Bluffs. Traveling from Columbus in November, plan for little chillier nights in Council Bluffs, with lows around 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Des Moines.
Parks · Outdoors · Casinos · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Des Moines — 5 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, steep yourself in history at Valley Junction, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip planner.

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Des Moines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mason City.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Mason City — 4 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge) and Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lake Time Brewery, admire the natural beauty at Central Gardens of North Iowa, and admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mason City visit planner.

You can drive from Des Moines to Mason City in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Des Moines in November, with highs in Mason City at 45°F and lows at 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Decorah.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Decorah — 3 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Decorah: Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette), Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry) and Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Trout Run Trail, get engrossed in the history at Vesterheim, and sample the tasty concoctions at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Decorah online route planner.

You can drive from Mason City to Decorah in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cedar Rapids.
Parks · Wineries · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips

Cedar Rapids — 5 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Get out of town with these interesting Cedar Rapids side-trips: Fun Valley Ski Area (in Montezuma), National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa) and University of Iowa (in Iowa City). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, explore the engaging exhibits at The Iowa Children's Museum, visit Cedar Falls Main Street, and contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cedar Rapids trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Decorah to Cedar Rapids in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Davenport.
Museums · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks
Side Trips

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. Change things up with a short trip to Snake Alley in Burlington (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, try your luck at Rhythm City Casino Resort, and grab your bike and head to Sunderbruch Park Trail.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Davenport trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Davenport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dubuque.
Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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Dubuque — 5 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. When in Dubuque, make a side trip to see St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville, approximately Dyersville away. Next up on the itinerary: try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino, hit the slopes at Sundown Mountain, do a tasting at Stone Cliff Winery, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Dubuque trip tool.

Traveling by car from Davenport to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Davenport in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dubuque: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports
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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."