31 days in Iowa Itinerary

31 days in Iowa Itinerary

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31 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
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Cedar Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Winterset
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Council Bluffs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Ames
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Mason City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
McGregor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Dubuque
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Le Claire
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Cedar Rapids

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Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Venture out of the city with trips to National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa), Iowa City (Wilson's Orchard, Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, & more) and West Branch (Herbert Hoover National Historic Site & Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, steep yourself in history at Brucemore, trek along Clear Creek Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Cedar Rapids. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Winterset.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Iowa City, Cedar Falls, West Branch, Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark
Highlights from your plan

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Winterset

Winterset ©
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Explore Winterset's surroundings by going to The Freedom Rock (in Menlo), Des Moines (Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Capitol Building, & more) and Raccoon River Valley Trail (in Redfield). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and snap pictures at Roseman Covered Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Winterset road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Winterset takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Winterset are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Winterset

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Des Moines, The Freedom Rock, Raccoon River Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

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Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
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 (Sergeant Floyd Monument, Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, & more) and Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley). The adventure continues: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle, and take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Council Bluffs road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Winterset to Council Bluffs takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ames.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sioux City, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Ames

Ames ©
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Ames side-trips: Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend), Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa (in Madrid) and High Trestle Trail (in Ankeny). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens, make a trip to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, gain insight at Iowa State University, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ames route maker tool .

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Ames in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ames are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Ames

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Clear Lake, High Trestle Trail, Adventureland, Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company, Antique Carousel
Highlights from your plan
Grotto of the Redemption ©
Grotto of the Redemption
Reiman Gardens ©
Reiman Gardens
Iowa State University ©
Iowa State University

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Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Mason City is known for historic sites, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum, admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil & Prairie Center, and catch a live performance at Music Man Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mason City travel route builder .

You can drive from Ames to Mason City in 2 hours. October in Mason City sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to McGregor.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fossil & Prairie Center
Highlights from your plan
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center

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McGregor

McGregor ©
McGregor is a city in Clayton County, Iowa, United States. On the 21st (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Backbone State Park, pause for some photo ops at Effigy Mounds National Monument, and then immerse yourself in nature at Pikes Peak State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Motor Mill Historic Site, then admire the sheer force of Dunnings Spring Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Vesterheim.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the McGregor trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Mason City to McGregor in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in McGregor are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in McGregor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Decorah, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Backbone State Park, Motor Mill Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Dunnings Spring Park ©
Dunnings Spring Park

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Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: Dyersville (Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum & St. Francis Basilica). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, identify plant and animal life at Mines of Spain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from McGregor to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Le Claire.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Dyersville, Maquoketa Caves State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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Le Claire

Le Claire ©
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Le Claire: Snake Alley (in Burlington) and Clinton (Eagle Point Park & Wide River Winery). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room, walk around Vander Veer Botanical Park, and stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Le Claire using our trip planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Le Claire in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Le Claire are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Davenport, Clinton, Walcott, Snake Alley
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

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