32 days in Iowa Itinerary

32 days in Iowa Itinerary

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32 days in Iowa Itinerary

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

2
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Danish Windmill Museum and Museum of Danish America. Your inner history buff will appreciate Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and Kanesville Tabernacle. Get out of town with these interesting Council Bluffs side-trips: Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley), Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca) and Shelby County Historical Museum (in Harlan). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Lewis and Clark Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Council Bluffs trip planner.

Des Moines to Council Bluffs is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Elk Horn, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum, Shelby County Historical Museum, Farmall-Land USA
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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Museum of Danish America ©
Museum of Danish America
Danish Windmill Museum ©
Danish Windmill Museum

5
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 Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center and Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Trinity Heights and Sioux City Railroad Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Okoboji Classic Cars (in Okoboji), Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History (in Milford) and Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Sioux City Public Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Stone State Park, revel in the low prices at Palmer Candy, and shop like a local with Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux City day trip website .

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Sioux City in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sioux City are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Okoboji, Hawkeye Point, Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History, Lewis and Clark State Park, Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center
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Trinity Heights ©
Trinity Heights
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. You'll explore and learn at Bily Clocks Museum and Floyd County Historical Society Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Charles H. MacNider Art Museum and Trout Run Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Decorah side-trips: Yellow River State Forest (in Harpers Ferry), Little Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua) and Mason City (Meredith Willson Boyhood Home & Lime Creek Nature Center). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, do a tasting at Eagles Landing Winery, and see the interesting displays at Froelich Foundation Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Decorah holiday tool .

Getting from Sioux City to Decorah by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Sioux City in August, you will find days in Decorah are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Mason City, Bily Clocks Museum, Eagles Landing Winery, Froelich Foundation Museum, LIttle Brown Church in the Vale
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Charles H. MacNider Art Museum ©
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Bily Clocks Museum ©
Bily Clocks Museum
Eagles Landing Winery ©
Eagles Landing Winery

5
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Luke's United Methodist Church and St. Francis Basilica. Step off the beaten path and head to Riverwalk and National Farm Toy Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: Bellevue State Park (in Bellevue) and Guttenberg (PromiseLand Winery & Lock and Dam No. 10). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Park Farm Winery, pause for some photo ops at Julien Dubuque Monument, have fun at Matter: A Learning Playground, and stroll around Swiss Valley Park.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dubuque tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Decorah to Dubuque by car takes about 2 hours. August in Dubuque sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Wineries Fun & Games

Side Trips

Guttenberg, Dyersville, Bellevue State Park, Swiss Valley Park
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St. Francis Basilica ©
St. Francis Basilica
National Farm Toy Museum ©
National Farm Toy Museum
St. Luke's United Methodist Church ©

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. Visiting Bickelhaupt Arboretum and Mosquito Park will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Snake Alley and Pine Creek Grist Mill. Change things up with these side-trips from Davenport: Muscatine (National Pearl Button Museum & Muscatine Art Center), Clinton (Eagle Point Park, Wide River Winery, & more) and Midwest Old Threshers (in Mount Pleasant). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at German American Heritage Center, explore the engaging exhibits at Family Museum of Arts and Science, and look for gifts at Chocolate Manor.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Davenport online itinerary planner .

Drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Davenport can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Clinton, Muscatine, Burlington, Family Museum of Arts and Science, Midwest Old Threshers
Highlights from your plan
German American Heritage Center ©
German American Heritage Center
Family Museum of Arts and Science ©
Family Museum of Arts and Science
Midwest Old Threshers ©
Midwest Old Threshers

5
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Backbone State Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Waterloo Center for the Arts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cedar Rapids: Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence), Waterloo (Phelps Youth Pavilion & Cedar Valley Nature Trail) and Iowa City (Museum of Natural History, Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, & more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, look for all kinds of wild species at Indian Creek Nature Center, do a tasting at Fireside Winery, and see the interesting displays at Antique Car Museum of Iowa.

Make your Cedar Rapids itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Davenport to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. August in Cedar Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Waterloo, Iowa City, Coralville, Fireside Winery, Backbone State Park
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Backbone State Park ©
Backbone State Park
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art ©
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

6
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center and East Lake county park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Salisbury House and American Gothic House. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles), Matchstick Marvels Museum (in Gladbrook) and The Fort Museum & Frontier Village (in Fort Dodge). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, do a tasting at Summerset Winery, snap pictures at Hogback Covered Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip itinerary app .

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Winterset, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, Iowa Speedway, Summerset Winery
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