32 days in Iowa Itinerary

32 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Dubuque
— 4 nights
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McGregor
— 3 nights
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Davenport
— 3 nights
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Iowa City
— 3 nights
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Waterloo
— 2 nights
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Clear Lake
— 3 nights
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Des Moines
— 5 nights
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Council Bluffs
— 3 nights
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Sioux City
— 5 nights
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Dubuque — 4 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mines of Spain and National Farm Toy Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: St. Francis Basilica (in Dyersville) and Park Farm Winery (in Durango). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, make a trip to Julien Dubuque Monument, enjoy some diversion at Mystique Ice Center, and let the kids burn off some steam at Jumpin' Jane's.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dubuque trip itinerary builder app.

Columbus to Dubuque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Columbus in October: high temperatures in Dubuque hover around 62°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to McGregor.
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McGregor — 3 nights

McGregor is a city in Clayton County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): trek along Trout Run Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery. On the next day, do a tasting at Eagles Landing Winery, then see the interesting displays at Bily Clocks Museum, and then experience rural life at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm.

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Getting from Dubuque to McGregor by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in McGregor, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Davenport.
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Davenport — 3 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Pine Creek Grist Mill and German American Heritage Center. Explore Davenport's surroundings by going to Clinton (Wide River Winery & Eagle Point Park). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Great River Brewery, explore the engaging exhibits at Family Museum of Arts and Science, browse the eclectic array of goods at Freight House Farmers Market, and stop by The Shameless Chocoholic.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Davenport trip builder website.

Getting from McGregor to Davenport by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Iowa City.
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Iowa City — 3 nights

Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nile Kinnick Stadium and Old Capitol Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Iowa City: American Gothic House (in Eldon), Fireside Winery (in Marengo) and Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids Museum of Art & NewBo City Market). There's much more to do: stroll around Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, stop by Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Devonian Fossil Gorge, and get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Iowa City tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Davenport to Iowa City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Waterloo.
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Waterloo — 2 nights

Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. On the 15th (Sun), catch a live event at UNI-Dome / McLeod Center, examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, and then stroll around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Waterloo online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Iowa City to Waterloo takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Clear Lake.
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Clear Lake — 3 nights

Clear Lake is a city in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Community Orchard and Historic Park Inn Hotel. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Clear Lake State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Creek Nature Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Clear Lake road trip website.

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Clear Lake takes 1.5 hours. October in Clear Lake sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iowa Speedway and Clark Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center (in Prairie City), The Freedom Rock (in Menlo) and Knoxville (Marion County Fairgrounds & Lake Red Rock). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Clive Greenbelt Trail, browse for treasures at West End Architectural Salvage, get your game on at Escape Chambers, and examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Des Moines driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Clear Lake to Des Moines takes 2 hours. Traveling from Clear Lake in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Des Moines. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 3 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum and Hitchcock Nature Center. Explore Council Bluffs' surroundings by going to Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca), Elk Horn (Danish Windmill Museum & Museum of Danish America) and Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Lewis and Clark Park and admire the striking features of Historic General Dodge House.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Council Bluffs trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sioux City.
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Sioux City — 5 nights

Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Explore hidden gems such as Sioux City Art Center and Trinity Heights. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux City: Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum (in Okoboji), Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars) and Abbie Gardner Cabin (in Arnolds Park). And it doesn't end there: get all the information you need at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, don't miss a visit to Fourth Street Historic District, try your luck at WinnaVegas Casino, and pause for some photo ops at Chief War Eagle Monument.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sioux City trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Sioux City in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sioux City are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive 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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