31 days in Iowa Itinerary

31 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Council Bluffs
— 4 nights
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Mason City
— 4 nights
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Cedar Falls
— 2 nights
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Cedar Rapids
— 5 nights
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Dubuque
— 5 nights
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Davenport
— 5 nights
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Des Moines
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Council Bluffs — 4 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Council Bluffs side-trips: Sioux City (Sioux City Public Museum & Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center), Loess Hills Scenic Byway (in Percival) and Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, examine the collection at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Icaria State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs trip itinerary maker app.

Orlando to Council Bluffs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Orlando in March; daily highs in Council Bluffs reach 52°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mason City.
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Mason City — 4 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Mason City: Vesterheim (in Decorah), Floyd County Historical Society Museum (in Charles City) and Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church (in Spillville). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Historic Park Inn Hotel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fossil & Prairie Center, admire the striking features of Grotto of the Redemption, and explore the world behind art at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

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Drive from Council Bluffs to Mason City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Council Bluffs in March, with highs in Mason City at 40°F and lows at 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cedar Falls.
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Cedar Falls — 2 nights

Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): walk around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, visit Cedar Falls Main Street, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, see the interesting displays at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, and then experience rural life at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cedar Falls day trip website.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Cedar Falls takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Cedar Falls can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Cedar Rapids.
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Cedar Rapids — 5 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Explore Cedar Rapids' surroundings by going to National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa), Iowa City (University of Iowa & Old Capitol Museum) and Bailey's Ford Recreation Area (in Manchester). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, tour the pleasant surroundings at Macbride Nature Recreation Area, stop by A J's Copper Garden, and steep yourself in history at Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark.

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Traveling by car from Cedar Falls to Cedar Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.
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Dubuque — 5 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Venture out of the city with trips to Marquette (Driftless Area Wetlands Centre & Eagles Landing Winery). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., hit the slopes at Sundown Mountain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dubuque day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Davenport.
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Davenport — 5 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. Change things up with a short trip to Snake Alley in Burlington (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, have fun and explore at Family Museum of Arts and Science, admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum, and examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Davenport tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 5 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Step out of Des Moines with an excursion to Iowa State University in Ames--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, get into the urban bustle at Des Moines Civic Center, get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at Des Moines Art Center.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Davenport to Des Moines takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in March, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the flight 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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