30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa itinerary planner
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Dubuque
— 3 nights
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Davenport
— 3 nights
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Iowa City
— 4 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
— 4 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. Explore hidden gems such as Sundown Mountain and St. Francis Basilica. Get out of town with these interesting Dubuque side-trips: Edinburgh Manor (in Scotch Grove), National Farm Toy Museum (in Dyersville) and Park Farm Winery (in Durango). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, indulge your senses at Iowa Wine Tours, cool off at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Potosa Spa.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque planner.

Columbus to Dubuque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Columbus in November, things will get a bit cooler in Dubuque: highs are around 45°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Davenport.
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Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Outdoors
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Davenport — 3 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wide River Winery and Eagle Point Park. Step out of Davenport to go to Clinton and see The Sawmill Museum, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Great River Brewery, have fun and explore at Family Museum of Arts and Science, contemplate the long history of Pine Creek Grist Mill, and look for gifts at The Shameless Chocoholic.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Davenport trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Davenport, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Iowa City.
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Iowa City — 4 nights

Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Iowa Children's Museum and Old Capitol Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Iowa City side-trips: Amana (Amana General Store & Ackerman Winery), Cedar Rapids (Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, &more) and Fireside Winery (in Marengo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Devonian Fossil Gorge, browse the different shops at Coral Ridge Mall, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, and examine the collection at Antique Car Museum of Iowa.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Iowa City online road trip planner.

Drive from Davenport to Iowa City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in November, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Waterloo.
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Waterloo — 3 nights

Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Matchstick Marvels Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waterloo: Backbone State Park (in Dundee), Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence) and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, shop like a local with Waterloo Center for the Arts, stroll around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, and trek along Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Waterloo online route planner.

You can drive from Iowa City to Waterloo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Waterloo can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Decorah.
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Decorah — 3 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trout Run Trail and Pulpit Rock Brewing Company. Change things up with these side-trips from Decorah: Mount Hosmer Park (in Lansing), Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette) and Paper Moon (in McGregor). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Decorah Fish Hatchery, see the interesting displays at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, and learn about winemaking at Winneshiek Wildberry Winery.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Decorah holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Decorah takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Decorah can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mason City.
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Mason City — 3 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Charles H. MacNider Art Museum and Central Gardens of North Iowa. Get out of town with these interesting Mason City side-trips: Fort Dodge (Community Orchard & Soldier Creek Winery). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, admire the majestic nature at Clear Lake State Park, steep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, and get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mason City online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Mason City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Mason City, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 4 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seven Oaks Recreation and Clive Greenbelt Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: Marion County Fairgrounds (in Knoxville), Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center (in Prairie City) and Maytag Dairy Farm (in Newton). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of Danish America, make a trip to Courthouse Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Clark Tower, and snap pictures at Cutler-Donahoe Bridge.

Before you visit Des Moines, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Mason City to Des Moines by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In November, Des Moines is somewhat warmer than Mason City - with highs of 51°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sioux City.
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Sioux City — 4 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 Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center and Stone State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux City side-trips: Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History (in Milford), Okoboji Classic Cars (in Okoboji) and Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Sioux City Art Center, get some fabulous bargains at Palmer Candy, contemplate the long history of Sioux City Railroad Museum, and get all the information you need at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sioux City online route maker.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Sioux City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Des Moines in November since evenings lows in Sioux City dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 2 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. On the 29th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Lewis and Clark Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle, and then take a memorable drive along Loess Hills Scenic Byway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center, identify plant and animal life at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, and then admire the striking features of Historic General Dodge House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs trip planning website.

You can drive from Sioux City to Council Bluffs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Iowa travel guide

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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."
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