32 days in Iowa & Kansas Itinerary

32 days in Iowa & Kansas Itinerary

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32 days in Iowa & Kansas Itinerary

Start: Kristiansand
Fly:  23​h
1
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cedar Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Council Bluffs
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Dodge City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Wichita
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Topeka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Overland Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Kristiansand


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3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Venture out of the city with trips to Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry), Antique Archeology (in Le Claire) and Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino, walk around Eagle Point Park, and pause for some photo ops at Julien Dubuque Monument.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dubuque tour planner .

Kristiansand, Norway to Dubuque is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kristiansand in October: highs in Dubuque hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Antique Archeology, Pikes Peak State Park
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

4
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Get out of town with these interesting Cedar Rapids side-trips: Coralville (Iowa Firefighters Memorial & Clear Creek Trail), National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa) and Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Indian Creek Nature Center, contemplate the long history of Brucemore, and look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids holiday builder website .

Getting from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Walcott, Coralville, West Branch, National Motorcycle Museum, Macbride Nature Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Des Moines: John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset), Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace (in Boone) and Ames (Iowa State University & Reiman Gardens). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, do a tasting at La Vida Loca Winery, and steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ames, Mason City, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, High Trestle Trail, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum

4
nights
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 (Trinity Heights, Grandview Park, & more) and Missouri Valley (Watson Station & Steamtrain & Desoto National Wildlife Refuge). There's much more to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle, examine the collection at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and grab your bike and head to Wabash Trace Nature Trail.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Council Bluffs, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dodge City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sioux City, Missouri Valley, Wabash Trace Nature Trail
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

3
nights
Dodge City

Dodge City ©
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. Change things up with these side-trips from Dodge City: Heartland Farm (in Great Bend), Garden City (Garden City Arts & Lee Richardson Zoo) and Fort Larned National Historic Site (in Larned). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Boot Hill Museum, get a taste of life in the country at Moore Ranch, see the interesting displays at The Big Well, and admire the striking features of Fromme-Birney Round Barn.

Find out how to plan Dodge City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Dodge City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Council Bluffs in November, you will find days in Dodge City are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Dodge City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garden City, Heartland Farm, Fort Larned National Historic Site, Fromme-Birney Round Barn, The Big Well
Highlights from your plan
Boot Hill Museum ©
Boot Hill Museum
Fort Larned National Historic Site ©
Fort Larned National Historic Site
Lee Richardson Zoo ©
Lee Richardson Zoo

4
nights
Wichita

Wichita ©
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Wichita side-trips: Hutchinson (Strataca & Cosmosphere) and Safari Zoological Park (in Caney). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sedgwick County Zoo, get your game on at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Wichita, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanica: The Wichita Gardens, and don't miss a visit to The Keeper of the Plains.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wichita trip builder app .

Drive from Dodge City to Wichita in 3 hours. November in Wichita sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Topeka.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hutchinson, Safari Zoological Park
Highlights from your plan
Safari Zoological Park ©
Safari Zoological Park
Sedgwick County Zoo ©
Sedgwick County Zoo
The Keeper of the Plains ©
The Keeper of the Plains

4
nights
Topeka

Topeka ©
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Lawrence (Massachusetts Street & Grinter Farms), OZ Museum (in Wamego) and Flint Hills Discovery Center (in Manhattan). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Evel Knievel Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Kansas State Capitol Building, get engrossed in the history at Museum of History, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Topeka day trip website .

Traveling by car from Wichita to Topeka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Topeka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Overland Park.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lawrence, Abilene, Flint Hills Discovery Center, OZ Museum, Kansas Auto Racing Museum
Highlights from your plan
Evel Knievel Museum ©
Evel Knievel Museum
Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum ©
Kansas State Capitol Building ©
Kansas State Capitol Building

4
nights
Overland Park

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. Step out of Overland Park to go to Fort Scott and see Fort Scott National Historic Site, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, admire the natural beauty at Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, get your game on at Blade & Timber, and join the crowd at Kansas Speedway.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Overland Park trip builder site .

Getting from Topeka to Overland Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Overland Park

Fun & Games Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blade & Timber Axe Throwing, Kansas Speedway, Fort Scott National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead ©
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Blade & Timber Axe Throwing ©
Blade & Timber Axe Throwing

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