4 days in Iowa Itinerary

4 days in Iowa Itinerary

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4 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
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Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Davenport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Dubuque
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Des Moines

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): do a tasting at La Vida Loca Winery, then make a splash at Adventureland, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, and then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Des Moines. August in Des Moines sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Davenport.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

La Vida Loca Winery, Adventureland, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
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Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, then see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and finally stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Davenport trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Des Moines to Davenport in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Walcott, Le Claire
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology
Buffalo Bill Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Museum

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Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then learn about winemaking at Stone Cliff Winery, and finally stroll around Eagle Point Park.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubuque online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Davenport to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Davenport, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dubuque, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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