6 days in Iowa Itinerary

6 days in Iowa Itinerary

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6 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Davenport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kanesville Tabernacle, then take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum, then try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and finally try your luck at Harrah's Casino.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Council Bluffs trip builder app .

San Francisco to Council Bluffs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Council Bluffs. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get much colder in Council Bluffs: highs are around 37°F and lows about 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Casinos Fun & Games Museums
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Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Kanesville Tabernacle ©
Kanesville Tabernacle

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 14th (Sat), ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, and then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Des Moines trip planner .

Drive from Council Bluffs to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Davenport.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

1
night
Davenport

Davenport ©
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Davenport trip planner .

Drive from Des Moines to Davenport in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, Antique Archeology
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino, then stroll around Mines of Spain, and finally stroll around Eagle Point Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, then appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dubuque trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Davenport to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Davenport in December: highs in Dubuque hover around 31°F, while lows dip to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

National Motorcycle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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