30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

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30 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
1
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cedar Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Davenport
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dubuque
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Sioux City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Council Bluffs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and Historic Park Inn Hotel. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: American Gothic House (in Eldon), Central Gardens of North Iowa (in Clear Lake) and Frisian Farms Cheese House (in Leighton). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Reiman Gardens, hit the slopes at Seven Oaks Recreation, snap pictures at Hogback Covered Bridge, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Des Moines trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Des Moines. In November, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winterset, Mason City, Reiman Gardens, Frisian Farms Cheese House, Imes Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Seven Oaks Recreation ©
Seven Oaks Recreation
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel

4
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cedar Rapids Kernels and Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence). Change things up with these side-trips from Cedar Rapids: Iowa Firefighters Memorial (in Coralville), Iowa City (Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, Nile Kinnick Stadium, & more) and Room Escape Games (in Cedar Falls). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, admire the masterpieces at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Good Quilts and Great Gardens, and do a tasting at Fireside Winery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cedar Rapids itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Davenport.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Iowa City, Amana, Iowa Firefighters Memorial, Room Escape Games, Fireside Winery
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Rapids Kernels ©
Cedar Rapids Kernels

4
nights
Davenport

Davenport ©
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iowa 80 Trucking Museum and Family Museum of Arts and Science. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Davenport: Clinton (Eagle Point Park & Wide River Winery), Mosquito Park (in Burlington) and National Pearl Button Museum (in Muscatine). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum, look for gifts at Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium Unique Gift Shop, sample the tasty concoctions at Green Tree Brewery, and get engrossed in the history at German American Heritage Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Davenport vacation planning site .

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Davenport in 1.5 hours. November in Davenport sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Le Claire, Muscatine, Clinton, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, Family Museum of Arts and Science
Highlights from your plan
Family Museum of Arts and Science ©
Family Museum of Arts and Science
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum

6
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eagle Point Park and St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Explore Dubuque's surroundings by going to Bellevue State Park (in Bellevue), Jackson County Historical Museum (in Maquoketa) and Dyersville (National Farm Toy Museum & St. Francis Basilica). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Mines of Spain, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino, and observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubuque travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Davenport in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dubuque: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Dyersville, Bellevue State Park, Backbone State Park, Castle Theater, Jackson County Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Backbone State Park ©
Backbone State Park
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park
Mines of Spain ©
Mines of Spain

3
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Vesterheim and Trout Run Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Decorah side-trips: Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor), Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette) and Floyd County Historical Society Museum (in Charles City). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Bily Clocks Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company, relax in the rural setting at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, and pause for some serene contemplation at LIttle Brown Church in the Vale.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Decorah day trip app .

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Decorah takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Decorah

Museums Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Eagles Landing Winery, Bily Clocks Museum, Pikes Peak State Park, Floyd County Historical Society Museum, LIttle Brown Church in the Vale
Highlights from your plan
Bily Clocks Museum ©
Bily Clocks Museum
Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Eagles Landing Winery ©
Eagles Landing Winery

4
nights
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Trinity Heights and Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux City: Milford (Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History & Gull Point State Park), Okoboji (Okoboji Classic Cars & Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum) and Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Stone State Park, explore the world behind art at Sioux City Art Center, examine the collection at Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe, and appreciate the history behind Spirit of Siouxland Statue.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sioux City online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Decorah to Sioux City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Decorah in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sioux City: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Okoboji, Milford, Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum ©
Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum
Stone State Park ©
Stone State Park

4
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge and Historic General Dodge House. Venture out of the city with trips to Elk Horn (Danish Windmill Museum & Museum of Danish America), Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca) and Waubonsie State Park (in Hamburg). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, see the interesting displays at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Hitchcock Nature Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Council Bluffs planner .

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Council Bluffs takes 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 (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Elk Horn, Farmall-Land USA, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Hitchcock Nature Center, Loess Hills Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Danish America ©
Museum of Danish America
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

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