30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa vacation planner

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Fly to Quad City International Airport, Drive to Clinton
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Clinton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coralville
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waterloo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fort Dodge
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mason City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Decorah
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dubuque
— 7 nights
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Clinton

— 2 nights
Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wide River Winery and Eagle Point Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clinton: Tycoga Winery (in DeWitt) and Le Claire (Wide River Winery Tasting Room, Green Tree Brewery, &more).

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Clinton trip planner.

Columbus to Clinton is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November, Clinton is little chillier than Columbus - with highs of 47°F and lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Coralville.

Things to do in Clinton

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Coralville

— 5 nights
Coralville is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Explore hidden gems such as The Iowa Children's Museum and Old Capitol Museum. When in Coralville, make a side trip to see Fireside Winery in Marengo, approximately Marengo away. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Coral Ridge Mall, do a tasting at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, experience rural life at Wilson's Orchard, and take in the dramatic natural features at Devonian Fossil Gorge.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Coralville trip planning site.

Getting from Clinton to Coralville by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in November, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waterloo.

Things to do in Coralville

Museums · Wineries · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterloo

— 4 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. Step out of Waterloo to go to Nashua and see LIttle Brown Church in the Vale, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, explore the landscape on two wheels at Cedar Valley Nature Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Phelps Youth Pavilion, and stroll around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Waterloo online holiday builder.

You can drive from Coralville to Waterloo in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Waterloo are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Fort Dodge.

Things to do in Waterloo

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Dodge

— 3 nights
Fort Dodge is a city in and the county seat of Webster County, Iowa, United States, along the Des Moines River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Community Orchard and Alluvial Brewing Company. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Dodge: Seven Oaks Recreation (in Boone) and Whiterock Conservancy (in Coon Rapids). There's more to do: do a tasting at Soldier Creek Winery.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Dodge sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Fort Dodge takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Fort Dodge can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mason City.

Things to do in Fort Dodge

Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Mason City

— 4 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 Central Gardens of North Iowa. Go for a jaunt from Mason City to Estherville to see Little Swan Lake Winery about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lime Creek Nature Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square, admire the majestic nature at Clear Lake State Park, and contemplate the long history of Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mason City using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Dodge to Mason City takes 2 hours. In November in Mason City, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Decorah

— 4 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trout Run Trail and Decorah Fish Hatchery. Get out of town with these interesting Decorah side-trips: Paper Moon (in McGregor) and Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company, make a trip to Masters Hotel, and do a tasting at Winneshiek Wildberry Winery.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Decorah route app.

Drive from Mason City to Decorah in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 7 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sundown Mountain and Julien Dubuque Monument. Venture out of the city with trips to Park Farm Winery (in Durango), PromiseLand Winery (in Guttenberg) and Bellevue State Park (in Bellevue). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Riverwalk, try your luck at The Iowa Greyhound Park, admire the striking features of Clock Tower, and do a tasting at Barrel Head Winery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dubuque road trip planner.

Drive from Decorah to Dubuque in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in November, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Casinos

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."