60 days in Iowa Itinerary

60 days in Iowa Itinerary

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

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Council Bluffs: Bodega Victoriana Winery (in Glenwood), Lake Icaria State Park (in Corning) and Elk Horn (Museum of Danish America & Danish Windmill Museum). And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, trek along Preparation Canyon State Park, and see the interesting displays at Farmall-Land USA.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Council Bluffs online sightseeing planner.

Los Angeles to Council Bluffs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in Council Bluffs are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Sioux City.
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Sioux City — 8 nights

Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux City: Okoboji (Okoboji Classic Cars & Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum) and Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center (in Le Mars). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, pause for some photo ops at Sergeant Floyd Monument, get answers to all your questions at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, and admire the majestic nature at Stone State Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sioux City trip builder.

Drive from Council Bluffs to Sioux City in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Sioux City can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 10 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Des Moines: Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House (in Pella), Winterset (Roseman Covered Bridge & John Wayne Birthplace & Museum) and Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University). And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, get in on the family fun at Adventureland, bet on your favorite at Iowa Speedway, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brown's Woods.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Des Moines using our trip planner.

Getting from Sioux City to Des Moines by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Mason City.
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Mason City — 5 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Go for a jaunt from Mason City to West Bend to see Grotto of the Redemption about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lime Creek Nature Center, admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, and don't miss a visit to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mason City trip builder website.

You can drive from Des Moines to Mason City in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mason City when traveling from Des Moines in June, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Decorah.
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Decorah — 5 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: McGregor (Spook Cave & Pikes Peak State Park) and Harpers Ferry (Yellow River State Forest & Effigy Mounds National Monument). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, don't miss a visit to Masters Hotel, take an in-depth tour of Vesterheim, and relax in the rural setting at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Decorah road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Dubuque.
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Dubuque — 9 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: Dyersville (St. Francis Basilica & National Farm Toy Museum), Backbone State Park (in Dundee) and Manchester Whitewater Park (in Manchester). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, explore the landscape on two wheels at Heritage Trail, walk around Eagle Point Park, and admire the majestic nature at Maquoketa Caves State Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dubuque online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Decorah to Dubuque in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Davenport.
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Davenport — 8 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Davenport: Clinton (Eagle Point Park & Wide River Winery) and Burlington (Mosquito Park & Snake Alley). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum, and walk around Vander Veer Botanical Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Davenport attractions planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Davenport sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cedar Rapids.
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Cedar Rapids — 8 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cedar Rapids: National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa), Iowa City (Devonian Fossil Gorge, 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, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, learn about winemaking at Fireside Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence).

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cedar Rapids trip builder site.

You can drive from Davenport to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Iowa travel guide

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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."
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