4 days in Iowa Itinerary

4 days in Iowa Itinerary

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4 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Dubuque
— 1 night
Fly + Subway:  3 h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Des Moines is known for parks, museums, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cool off at Adventureland, hike along Brown's Woods, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, and grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip itinerary maker .

Chicago to Des Moines is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trips

Adventureland, High Trestle Trail
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Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Adventureland ©
Adventureland

1
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 27th (Fri): make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., examine the collection at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then learn about winemaking at Stone Cliff Winery, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Dubuque itinerary planner.

Drive from Des Moines to Dubuque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in September, things will get slightly colder in Dubuque: highs are around 75°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

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

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