4 days in Iowa Itinerary

4 days in Iowa Itinerary

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4 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 31st (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Julien Dubuque Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park.

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New York City to Dubuque is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Dubuque is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 62°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Antique Archeology, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, National Motorcycle Museum
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and then hike along Brown's Woods.

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Traveling by car from Dubuque to Des Moines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Dubuque, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Des Moines, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

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