5 days in Iowa Itinerary

5 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Council Bluffs
— 1 night
— 1 night
Le Claire
— 1 night
West Branch
— 1 night


Council Bluffs — 1 night

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Desoto National Wildlife Refuge and then stroll through Hitchcock Nature Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs trip maker app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Council Bluffs. In September, daytime highs in Council Bluffs are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Dubuque.
Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Dubuque — 1 night

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): walk around Mines of Spain and then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dubuque driving holiday planner.

Fly from Council Bluffs to Dubuque in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Council Bluffs in September, things will get little chillier in Dubuque: highs are around 75°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Le Claire.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Le Claire — 1 night

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum and then browse for treasures at Antique Archeology.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Le Claire using our trip planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Le Claire in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to West Branch.
Shopping · Museums
Side Trip

West Branch — 1 night

West Branch is a city in Cedar and Johnson counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and then learn about winemaking at Brick Arch Winery.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our West Branch trip builder.

Getting from Le Claire to West Branch by car takes about an hour. September in West Branch sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Iowa travel guide

Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
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."