60 days in Iowa Itinerary

60 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Davenport
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Dubuque
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Decorah
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Mason City
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Sioux City
— 7 nights
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Council Bluffs
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Des Moines
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Waterloo
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Snake Alley (in Burlington), Muscatine Art Center (in Muscatine) and Clinton (Eagle Point Park & Bickelhaupt Arboretum). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House, and explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum.

Discover how to plan a Davenport trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

South Bend to Davenport is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from South Bend to Davenport due to the time zone difference. April in Davenport sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Childrens Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 8 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Venture out of the city with trips to Manchester (Bailey's Ford Recreation Area, Manchester Fish Hatchery, &more) and Dyersville (National Farm Toy Museum & St. Francis Basilica). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino, take a leisurely stroll along Riverwalk, and catch a bit of excitement at The Iowa Greyhound Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dubuque online route planner.

You can drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Davenport, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dubuque, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Wildlife · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Decorah

— 6 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Explore Decorah's surroundings by going to Lansing (Blackhawk Bridge & Mount Hosmer Park), McGregor (Pikes Peak State Park & Froelich Foundation Museum) and Marquette (Eagles Landing Winery & Driftless Area Wetlands Centre). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, steep yourself in history at Masters Hotel, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, and stop by Agora.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Decorah online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Decorah takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Decorah are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Mason City

— 6 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), Little Swan Lake Winery (in Estherville) and Diamond Jo Casino (in Northwood). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lake Time Brewery, and identify plant and animal life at Fossil & Prairie Center.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mason City online visit planner.

You can drive from Decorah to Mason City in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Mason City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux City: Milford (Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History & Gull Point State Park), 'Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark Okoboji (in Arnolds Park) and Monona County Veteran's Memorial Museum (in Onawa). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Heights, get engrossed in the history at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, see the interesting displays at Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe, and have fun and explore at LaunchPAD Children’s Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Sioux City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Sioux City takes 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sioux City can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Council Bluffs

— 6 nights
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Council Bluffs: Loess Hills Scenic Byway (in Percival), Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum (in Shenandoah) and Lake Icaria State Park (in Corning). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle, examine the collection at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum, and do a tasting at Bodega Victoriana Winery.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs online tour planner.

Getting from Sioux City to Council Bluffs by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Council Bluffs are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 9 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Venture out of the city with trips to Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center (in Prairie City), Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House (in Pella) and Winterset (Cutler-Donahoe Bridge, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, &more). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, take a stroll around Des Moines Civic Center, and take in the views from High Trestle Trail.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Des Moines online trip builder.

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Waterloo.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterloo

— 5 nights
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterloo: Matchstick Marvels Museum (in Gladbrook), Wapsipinicon Mill and Museum (in Independence) and Backbone State Park (in Dundee). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cedar Falls Main Street, pause for some serene contemplation at LIttle Brown Church in the Vale, stroll around Hickory Hills Park, and admire the natural beauty at Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Waterloo trip builder site.

Getting from Des Moines to Waterloo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Waterloo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iowa City.

Things to do in Waterloo

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Iowa City

— 6 nights
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Iowa City side-trips: National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa), Fun Valley Ski Area (in Montezuma) and Cedar Rapids (Indian Creek Nature Center, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, &more). There's much more to do: browse the collection at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, tee off at Brown Deer Golf Club, steep yourself in history at Old Capitol Museum, and gain insight at University of Iowa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Iowa City trip maker.

You can drive from Waterloo to Iowa City in 1.5 hours. June in Iowa City sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iowa City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · Historic Sites · 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."