6 days in Iowa Itinerary

6 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 2 nights
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Dubuque
— 1 night
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Davenport
— 2 nights

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Explore Des Moines' surroundings by going to Winterset (John Wayne Birthplace & Museum & Roseman Covered Bridge) and Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip itinerary planning site.

Bloomington to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In October in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Winterset, Ames, High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Gray's Lake Park ©
Gray's Lake Park

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Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then go for a walk through Riverwalk, and finally stroll around Eagle Point Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubuque vacation planner.

You can drive from Des Moines to Dubuque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Dubuque, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

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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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, get your bearings at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and then look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum, then grab your bike and head to Sunderbruch Park Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Davenport trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Davenport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Davenport sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

West Branch, Walcott, Antique Archeology
Highlights from your plan
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum ©
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

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