30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa route planner

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

— 2 nights
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Council Bluffs: Templeton Rye (in Templeton), Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley) and Loess Hills Scenic Byway (in Percival). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, stroll through Hitchcock Nature Center, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wabash Trace Nature Trail, and experience rural life at Ditmars Orchard.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs trip planner.

Columbus to Council Bluffs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. 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 little chillier with lows of 30°F in Council Bluffs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 5 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: Ames (Reiman Gardens, Alluvial Brewing Company, &more) and Seven Oaks Recreation (in Boone). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, contemplate the long history of Valley Junction, take in nature's colorful creations at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and walk around Gray's Lake Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines trip builder.

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Des Moines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Des Moines sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mason City

— 3 nights
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Mason City: Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge) and Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel, take in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lime Creek Nature Center, and admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mason City vacation planning tool.

Getting from Des Moines to Mason City by car takes about 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Decorah

— 4 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette), Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry) and Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor). There's much more to do: trek along Trout Run Trail, sample the tasty concoctions at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company, see the interesting displays at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, and don't miss a visit to Masters Hotel.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Decorah online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Waterloo.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterloo

— 3 nights
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterloo: Matchstick Marvels Museum (in Gladbrook) and Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch (in Fredericksburg). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, admire the natural beauty at Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, walk around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, and grab your bike and head to Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Waterloo trip planner.

You can drive from Decorah to Waterloo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in November, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Coralville.

Things to do in Waterloo

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Coralville

— 4 nights
Coralville is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coralville: Fun Valley Ski Area (in Montezuma), Cedar Rapids (Brucemore & National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library) and Fireside Winery (in Marengo). There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at The Iowa Children's Museum, hike along Clear Creek Trail, gain insight at University of Iowa, and steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Coralville trip planner.

You can drive from Waterloo to Coralville in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Coralville can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Coralville

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Davenport: Snake Alley (in Burlington) and Wide River Winery (in Clinton). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Great River Brewery, raise your glass at Mississippi River Distilling Company, and look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Davenport trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Coralville to Davenport in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 4 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Step out of Dubuque to go to Dyersville and see St. Francis Basilica, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino, stroll through Heritage Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and fly down the slopes at Sundown Mountain.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dubuque attractions planning 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 little chillier days and about the same nights in Dubuque: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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."