4 days in Iowa Itinerary

4 days in Iowa Itinerary

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4 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + Drive:  4​h
1
Davenport
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dubuque
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

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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. On the 1st (Wed), browse for treasures at Antique Archeology and then see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Davenport trip itinerary builder .

Atlanta to Davenport is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, Davenport is colder than Atlanta - with highs of 32°F and lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, Antique Archeology
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Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

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night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): walk around Eagle Point Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, then meet the residents at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dubuque trip builder site .

Drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 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 27°F to lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Des Moines.

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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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, and then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Before you visit Des Moines, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Dubuque to Des Moines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubuque in January, you will find days in Des Moines are somewhat warmer (33°F), and nights are about the same (15°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

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Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum, try to win big at Harrah's Casino, and then try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Council Bluffs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Council Bluffs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Casinos Fun & Games Museums
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Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum