5 days in Iowa & Branson Itinerary

5 days in Iowa & Branson Itinerary

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5 days in Iowa & Branson Itinerary

Start: Moline
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Waterloo
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Branson
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Moline

1
day
Waterloo

Waterloo ©
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Phelps Youth Pavilion, take in the exciting artwork at Waterloo Center for the Arts, and then ride a horse along Hickory Hills park/Casey's Paha.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Waterloo trip planner .

Moline to Waterloo is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In August, daily temperatures in Waterloo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Waterloo

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Hickory Hills Park
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Hickory Hills Park ©
Hickory Hills Park
Phelps Youth Pavilion ©
Phelps Youth Pavilion
Waterloo Center for the Arts ©
Waterloo Center for the Arts

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 7th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Downtown Farmers Market, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at West End Architectural Salvage, and then stroll through High Trestle Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Des Moines takes 2 hours. In August in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Des Moines

Shopping Parks Trails

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
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Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market
West End Architectural Salvage ©
West End Architectural Salvage

3
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Get outdoors at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and National Tiger Sanctuary. Do your shopping at Branson Landing and Quicksilver Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Silver Dollar City, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum, identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and stop by Dick's Oldtime 5 & 10.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Branson visit planner.

You can fly from Des Moines to Branson in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In August in Branson, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Eureka Springs, National Tiger Sanctuary
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Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary

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