5 days in Iowa Itinerary

5 days in Iowa Itinerary

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5 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Elk Horn
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Iowa City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mason City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Sioux City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Omaha

1
day
Elk Horn

Elk Horn ©
Elk Horn is a city in Shelby County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Danish Windmill Museum, examine the collection at Museum of Danish America, and then steep yourself in history at Rock Island Depot.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Elk Horn day trip planning site .

Omaha to Elk Horn is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Iowa City.

Things to do in Elk Horn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rock Island Depot
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Museum of Danish America ©
Museum of Danish America
Danish Windmill Museum ©
Danish Windmill Museum

2
nights
Iowa City

Iowa City ©
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. On the 10th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, then explore the striking landscape at Devonian Fossil Gorge, then head outdoors with Cedar Rapids Kernels, and finally look for gifts at A J's Copper Garden. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Indian Creek Nature Center, explore the world behind art at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and then learn about winemaking at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Iowa City trip planner .

Getting from Elk Horn to Iowa City by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Iowa City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Iowa City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cedar Rapids, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, A J's Copper Garden
Highlights from your plan
Terry Trueblood Recreational Area ©
Terry Trueblood Recreational Area
Indian Creek Nature Center ©
Indian Creek Nature Center
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art ©
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

1
night
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 12th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, and then explore the world behind art at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mason City trip planner .

You can drive from Iowa City to Mason City in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mason City can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Mason City

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum ©
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

1
night
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. On the 13th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, then examine the collection at Sioux City Public Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Heights, and finally admire the majestic nature at Stone State Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux City attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Mason City to Sioux City takes 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sioux City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux City

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Stone State Park ©
Stone State Park
Sioux City Public Museum ©
Sioux City Public Museum

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