4 days in Iowa Itinerary

4 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa travel planner

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Manning
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Adair
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Winterset
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Villisca
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Ankeny
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Manning

Manning is a city in Carroll County, Iowa, United States, along Iowa Highway 141. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Templeton Rye and then steep yourself in history at Hausbarn.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manning trip planner.

Cedar Rapids to Manning is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. June in Manning sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Adair.

Things to do in Manning

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

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Adair

— 1 night
Adair is a city in Adair and Guthrie Counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Jesse James Historical Site.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Adair trip planner.

Getting from Manning to Adair by car takes about an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Winterset.

Things to do in Adair

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Winterset

Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the galleries of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and then contemplate the long history of North River Stone Schoolhouse.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Winterset sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Adair to Winterset in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Villisca.

Things to do in Winterset

Historic Sites · Museums

Villisca

— 1 night
Villisca is a city in Montgomery County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take an unorthodox tour of Villisca Ax Murder House.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Villisca visit planning website.

Getting from Winterset to Villisca by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Villisca sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ankeny.
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Ankeny

— 1 night
Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Paragon Prairie Tower.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ankeny road trip website.

Drive from Villisca to Ankeny in 2.5 hours. June in Ankeny sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ankeny

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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."