56 days in Iowa Itinerary

56 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Council Bluffs
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Sioux City
— 7 nights
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Mason City
— 5 nights
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Decorah
— 6 nights
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Dubuque
— 7 nights
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Davenport
— 6 nights
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Burlington
— 4 nights
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Cedar Rapids
— 8 nights
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Des Moines
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Council Bluffs — 5 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Council Bluffs: Lake Icaria State Park (in Corning), Elk Horn (Danish Windmill Museum & Museum of Danish America) and Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca). And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center, see the interesting displays at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and learn about winemaking at Bodega Victoriana Winery.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Council Bluffs trip itinerary planning tool.

San Francisco to Council Bluffs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Council Bluffs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get a bit cooler in Council Bluffs: highs are around 62°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Sioux City.
Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Wildlife
Side Trips

Sioux City — 7 nights

Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Take a break from Sioux City with a short trip to Okoboji Classic Cars in Okoboji, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Heights, examine the collection at Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe, explore the engaging exhibits at LaunchPAD Children’s Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Sergeant Floyd Monument.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sioux City online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Sioux City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Mason City.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature
Side Trip

Mason City — 5 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Mason City: Diamond Jo Casino (in Northwood), LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua) and Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, walk around East Park, admire the natural beauty at Central Gardens of North Iowa, and contemplate the long history of Meredith Willson Boyhood Home.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mason City journey maker tool.

Drive from Sioux City to Mason City in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sioux City in April, expect nights in Mason City to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are little chillier, around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Decorah.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips

Decorah — 6 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Decorah: Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry), Driftless Area Wetlands Centre (in Marquette) and Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, get engrossed in the history at Vesterheim, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, and see the interesting displays at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Decorah trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Mason City to Decorah in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Decorah are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dubuque.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Dubuque — 7 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Get out of town with these interesting Dubuque side-trips: Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum (in Dyersville), Manchester Whitewater Park (in Manchester) and Park Farm Winery (in Durango). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, stroll around Eagle Point Park, stroll through Mines of Spain, and don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dubuque trip planner.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Dubuque takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Davenport.
Parks · Wineries · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Davenport: Muscatine Art Center (in Muscatine) and Eagle Point Park (in Clinton). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, try to win big at Rhythm City Casino Resort, and learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Davenport trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Davenport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Davenport can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Burlington.
Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Side Trips

Burlington — 4 nights

Burlington is a city and the county seat of Des Moines County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Burlington side-trips: Keosauqua (Bentonsport National Historic District & Lacey Keosauqua State Park), Swedish American Museum and Historical Society (in Swedesburg) and American Gothic House (in Eldon). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Snake Alley, walk around Dankwardt Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Keokuk National Cemetery, and play a few rounds at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Burlington tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Davenport to Burlington by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Burlington can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Cedar Rapids.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Cedar Rapids — 8 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Get out of town with these interesting Cedar Rapids side-trips: National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa), Iowa City (Old Capitol Museum, University of Iowa, &more) and West Branch (Herbert Hoover National Historic Site & Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, wander the streets of Cedar Falls Main Street, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, and contemplate the long history of Brucemore.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cedar Rapids trip builder app.

You can drive from Burlington to Cedar Rapids in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Cedar Rapids can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries
Side Trips

Des Moines — 7 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Explore Des Moines' surroundings by going to Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House (in Pella), Winterset (John Wayne Birthplace & Museum & Roseman Covered Bridge) and Reiman Gardens (in Ames). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, stroll around Gray's Lake Park, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and admire all the interesting features of Salisbury House.

Before you visit Des Moines, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · History Museums · 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."