5 days in Iowa Itinerary

5 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa trip maker

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Fly to Dubuque Regional Airport, Drive to Dyersville
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Dyersville
Drive
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Ankeny
— 1 night
Drive
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Waterloo
— 1 night
Drive
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Avoca
— 1 night
Drive
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Winterset
— 1 night
Drive to Des Moines International Airport, Fly to Philadelphia International Airport

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Dyersville

Dyersville is a city in eastern Delaware and western Dubuque counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at National Farm Toy Museum.

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Philadelphia to Dyersville is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Dyersville due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in August, with highs in Dyersville at 80°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ankeny.

Things to do in Dyersville

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Ankeny

— 1 night
Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Adventureland and then take in the views from High Trestle Trail.

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Getting from Dyersville to Ankeny by car takes about 3 hours. In August in Ankeny, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Waterloo.

Things to do in Ankeny

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Waterloo

— 1 night
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. On the 13th (Thu), examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, make a splash at Lost Island Water Park, and then examine the collection at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.

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You can drive from Ankeny to Waterloo in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Avoca.

Things to do in Waterloo

Museums · Theme Parks

Avoca

— 1 night
Avoca is a city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of Danish America, examine the collection at Danish Windmill Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Farmall-Land USA.

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Traveling by car from Waterloo to Avoca takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Winterset.

Things to do in Avoca

Museums

Side Trip

Winterset

— 1 night
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. On the 15th (Sat), snap pictures at Roseman Covered Bridge, then examine the collection at Iowa Quilt Museum, and then contemplate the long history of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum.

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Drive from Avoca to Winterset in 1.5 hours. In August in Winterset, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Winterset

Museums · 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."