30 days in Iowa Itinerary

30 days in Iowa Itinerary

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30 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Madison
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Dubuque
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Davenport
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Amana
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Des Moines
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Council Bluffs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sioux City
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Decorah
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Madison

4
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll explore and learn at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum. Popular historic sites such as St. Luke's United Methodist Church and St. Francis Basilica are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: National Farm Toy Museum (in Dyersville) and National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., take a leisurely stroll along Riverwalk, appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, and steep yourself in history at Mathias Ham House.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Dubuque trip simple and quick.

Madison to Dubuque is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Dubuque are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dyersville, National Motorcycle Museum, Maquoketa Caves State Park
Highlights from your plan
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum
Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum ©
Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum

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. Visit Snake Alley and Pine Creek Grist Mill for their historical value. Let the collections at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum and The Putnam Museum & Science Center capture your imagination. Explore Davenport's surroundings by going to Midwest Electric Railway (in Mount Pleasant) and Muscatine Art Center (in Muscatine). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Sunderbruch Park Trail, see the interesting displays at Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, and browse for treasures at Antique Archeology.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Davenport trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Davenport are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Amana.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Walcott, Le Claire, Muscatine, Snake Alley, Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Midwest Electric Railway ©
Midwest Electric Railway
Muscatine Art Center ©
Muscatine Art Center

4
nights
Amana

Amana ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Old Capitol Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark and Brucemore. Explore Amana's surroundings by going to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (in West Branch), John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum (in Waterloo) and Iowa Firefighters Memorial (in Coralville).

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amana trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Davenport to Amana in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Amana can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Amana

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cedar Rapids, Coralville, West Branch, John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, Old Capitol Museum
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Museum-lovers will appreciate Salisbury House and John Wayne Birthplace & Museum. Visit Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House and Living History Farms for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: Reiman Gardens (in Ames) and Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, steep yourself in history at Valley Junction, and explore the world behind art at Des Moines Art Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines vacation planner.

You can drive from Amana to Des Moines in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Valley Junction, High Trestle Trail, Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, Living History Farms, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Highlights from your plan
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Living History Farms ©
Living History Farms
Salisbury House ©
Salisbury House

4
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Popular historic sites such as Kanesville Tabernacle and Hausbarn are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Union Pacific Railroad Museum and Danish Windmill Museum. Explore Council Bluffs' surroundings by going to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley), Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn) and Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca). There's much more to do: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, pause for some photo ops at Golden Spike Monument, and take in panoramic vistas at Lewis and Clark Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs trip planner .

You can drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Council Bluffs sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Elk Horn, Hausbarn, Farmall-Land USA, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Museum of Danish America ©
Museum of Danish America
Farmall-Land USA ©
Farmall-Land USA

4
nights
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. Let the collections at Sioux City Public Museum and Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux City side-trips: Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars), Arnolds Park Amusement Park (in Arnolds Park) and Okoboji (Okoboji Classic Cars & Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Heights, deepen your understanding at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, get advice or help at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, and examine the collection at Jolly Time Museum and Koated Kernels Shoppe.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sioux City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Sioux City in 1.5 hours. In June in Sioux City, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Okoboji, Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History, Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Sioux City Public Museum ©
Sioux City Public Museum
Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum ©
Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum
Okoboji Classic Cars ©
Okoboji Classic Cars

4
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Let the collections at Vesterheim and Bily Clocks Museum capture your imagination. Visit Stockman House Museum and Historic Park Inn Hotel for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry), Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor) and Mason City (Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District & Meredith Willson Boyhood Home). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Masters Hotel, get engrossed in the history at Floyd County Historical Society Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Decorah trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Decorah takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sioux City in June: highs in Decorah hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Decorah

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mason City, Bily Clocks Museum, Masters Hotel, Pikes Peak State Park, Effigy Mounds National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Bily Clocks Museum ©
Bily Clocks Museum

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