4 days in Iowa Itinerary

4 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Dubuque
— 1 night
Drive
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Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive
3
Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Fly

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Dubuque

— 1 night
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 28th (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and then try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Mines of Spain, walk around Eagle Point Park, then make a splash at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, and finally make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dubuque online travel route planner.

New York City to Dubuque is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Dubuque due to the time zone difference. In March, Dubuque is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 42°F and lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wildlife

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, then get curious at Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater, and finally stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip itinerary website.

Drive from Dubuque to Des Moines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dubuque in March; daily highs in Des Moines reach 49°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Council Bluffs

— 1 night
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): try to win big at Harrah's Casino, then try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Council Bluffs trip planner.

Getting from Des Moines to Council Bluffs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
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."