30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Fly to Quad City International Airport, Drive to Clinton
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Clinton
— 1 night
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Dubuque
— 5 nights
Drive
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Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mason City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waterloo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coralville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Des Moines
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sioux City
— 5 nights
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Clinton

— 1 night
Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, Iowa, United States. On the 1st (Mon), walk around Eagle Point Park and then do a tasting at Wide River Winery. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Green Tree Brewery and then do a tasting at Wide River Winery Tasting Room.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Clinton trip itinerary website.

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 (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Columbus in November: high temperatures in Clinton hover around 47°F and lows are around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Clinton

Wineries · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Dubuque

— 5 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 Riverwalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: PromiseLand Winery (in Guttenberg), Park Farm Winery (in Durango) and Dyersville (National Farm Toy Museum & St. Francis Basilica). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Julien Dubuque Monument, cool off at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, indulge in some personalized pampering at Potosa Spa, and awaken your taste buds at Iowa Wine Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Dubuque travel route site.

Drive from Clinton to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. In November in Dubuque, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Dubuque

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Decorah

— 3 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trout Run Trail and Toppling Goliath Brewing Company. Change things up with these side-trips from Decorah: Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette) and Mount Hosmer Park (in Lansing). It doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company and tour the pleasant surroundings at Decorah Fish Hatchery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Decorah vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Decorah takes 2 hours. In November in Decorah, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mason City: Fort Dodge (Community Orchard & Soldier Creek Winery). There's more to do: stroll through Lime Creek Nature Center and get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mason City attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Mason City takes 2 hours. November in Mason City sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Waterloo.

Things to do in Mason City

Museums · Parks · Nightlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Waterloo

— 3 nights
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy. Venture out of the city with trips to Matchstick Marvels Museum (in Gladbrook), LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua) and Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence). The adventure continues: walk around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, grab your bike and head to Cedar Valley Nature Trail, and admire the natural beauty at Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Waterloo travel route planner.

Getting from Mason City to Waterloo by car takes about 1.5 hours. November in Waterloo sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coralville.

Things to do in Waterloo

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Coralville

— 4 nights
Coralville is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Iowa Children's Museum and Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coralville: Fireside Winery (in Marengo) and NewBo City Market (in Cedar Rapids). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Coral Ridge Mall, admire the masterpieces at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, explore the striking landscape at Devonian Fossil Gorge, and explore the galleries of Old Capitol Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Coralville vacation planning site.

You can drive from Waterloo to Coralville in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Coralville

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 5 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seven Oaks Recreation and Clive Greenbelt Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn), Maytag Dairy Farm (in Newton) and Winterset (Courthouse Square & Clark Tower). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Confluence Brewing Company, bet on your favorite at Marion County Fairgrounds, examine the collection at National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines online journey builder.

Drive from Coralville to Des Moines in 2 hours. November in Des Moines sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Sioux City

— 5 nights
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Explore hidden gems such as Stone State Park and Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History. Step out of Sioux City with an excursion to Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center in Le Mars--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Sioux City Art Center, take an in-depth tour of Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, examine the collection at Sioux City Public Museum, and look for gifts at Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sioux City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Sioux City takes 3 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sioux City, with lows around 26°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums · Nature · Shopping · Parks

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."