6 days in East Central Iowa, Dubuque & Clear Lake Itinerary

6 days in East Central Iowa, Dubuque & Clear Lake Itinerary

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6 days in East Central Iowa, Dubuque & Clear Lake Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
West Branch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Clear Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
West Branch

West Branch ©
West Branch is a city in Cedar and Johnson counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and then steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Hoover Nature Trail, then stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, then examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Brick Arch Winery.

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Minneapolis to West Branch is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in West Branch

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Walcott
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3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: Brewery Pottery (in Mineral Point), National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (in Cedar Rapids) and Spring Green (Arcadia Books, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., walk around Eagle Point Park, and admire the natural beauty at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dubuque online road trip planner .

Getting from West Branch to Dubuque by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Dubuque sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Clear Lake.

Things to do in Dubuque

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Spring Green, Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., National Motorcycle Museum, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Brewery Pottery
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1
night
Clear Lake

Clear Lake ©
Clear Lake is a city in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 7th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Central Gardens of North Iowa, admire the striking features of Fort Custer Maze, then make a trip to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, and finally admire the majestic nature at Clear Lake State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Clear Lake travel route builder .

Getting from Dubuque to Clear Lake by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Clear Lake

Parks Nature Museums
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Central Gardens of North Iowa ©
Central Gardens of North Iowa
Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly ©
Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly
Clear Lake State Park ©
Clear Lake State Park

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