51 days in Iowa Itinerary

51 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 11 nights
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Sioux City
— 6 nights
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Arnolds Park
— 3 nights
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Mason City
— 4 nights
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Decorah
— 5 nights
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Dubuque
— 7 nights
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Davenport
— 6 nights
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Cedar Rapids
— 8 nights
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Des Moines — 11 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Iowa State Fairgrounds has been added to your itinerary. Attractions like Capitol Building and Pappajohn Sculpture Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Des Moines: Newton (Maytag Dairy Farm & Iowa Speedway), Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles) and Ames (Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Adventureland, stroll through Saylorville Trail, grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail Bridge, and get some jogging in at Clive Greenbelt Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Des Moines online trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sioux City.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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Sioux City — 6 nights

Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Venture out of the city with trips to Onawa (Lewis and Clark State Park & Monona County Veteran's Memorial Museum) and Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, pause for some photo ops at Sergeant Floyd Monument, walk around Grandview Park, and examine the collection at Sioux City Railroad Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sioux City trip builder app.

You can drive from Des Moines to Sioux City in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Sioux City can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Arnolds Park.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Arnolds Park — 3 nights

Arnolds Park is a city in Dickinson County, Iowa, United States. Family-friendly places like Arnolds Park Amusement Park and Living Heritage Tree Museum will thrill your kids. Step out of Arnolds Park with an excursion to Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Abbie Gardner Cabin, look for gifts at Goodies Handmade Candies, see the interesting displays at Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Spirit Lake.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arnolds Park itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Sioux City to Arnolds Park in 2 hours. In June in Arnolds Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mason City.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
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Mason City — 4 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Floyd County Historical Society Museum (in Charles City) and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lime Creek Nature Center, stroll around East Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mason City driving holiday planner.

Drive from Arnolds Park to Mason City in 2.5 hours. In June in Mason City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Decorah.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Decorah — 5 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Kids will enjoy Pikes Peak State Park and Froelich Foundation Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Decorah: Spook Cave (in McGregor), Harpers Ferry (Effigy Mounds National Monument & Yellow River State Forest) and Driftless Area Wetlands Centre (in Marquette). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, relax in the rural setting at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, steep yourself in history at Montauk Historical Site, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

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You can drive from Mason City to Decorah in 2 hours. June in Decorah sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dubuque.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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Dubuque — 7 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Family-friendly places like National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Heritage Trail will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: Manchester (Castle Theater & Manchester Whitewater Park) and Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum (in Dyersville). The adventure continues: make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, stroll around Eagle Point Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mines of Spain.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dubuque trip planner.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Dubuque takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Davenport.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
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Davenport — 6 nights

Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. Attractions like Sunderbruch Park Trail and Vander Veer Botanical Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Davenport: Burlington (Mosquito Park, Snake Alley, &more) and Muscatine (National Pearl Button Museum & Weed Park). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, have fun and explore at Family Museum of Arts and Science, and get a new perspective on nature at The Putnam Museum & Science Center.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Davenport trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Davenport, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cedar Rapids.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Cedar Rapids — 8 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lost Island Water Park and Brucemore. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cedar Rapids: Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence), Coralville (Clear Creek Trail & Iowa Firefighters Memorial) and Waterloo (Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, explore the striking landscape at Devonian Fossil Gorge, and get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cedar Rapids road trip site.

Traveling by car from Davenport to Cedar Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cedar Rapids can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Iowa travel guide

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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."