60 days in Iowa Itinerary

60 days in Iowa Itinerary

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60 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Drive:  45​min
1
Winterset
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Council Bluffs
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sioux City
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mason City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Decorah
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Dubuque
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Le Claire
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cedar Rapids
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Ames
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Des Moines

5
nights
Winterset

Winterset ©
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Explore Winterset's surroundings by going to Des Moines (Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Blank Park Zoo, & more), Living History Farms (in Urbandale) and Valley Junction (in West Des Moines). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, take in the views from Roseman Covered Bridge, don't miss a visit to Courthouse Square, and see the interesting displays at Iowa Quilt Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Winterset online road trip planner .

Des Moines to Winterset is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Winterset

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Des Moines, Valley Junction, Living History Farms
Highlights from your plan
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Roseman Covered Bridge ©
Roseman Covered Bridge

6
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Council Bluffs: Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum (in Clarinda), Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley) and Elk Horn (Danish Windmill Museum & Museum of Danish America). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wabash Trace Nature Trail, and examine the collection at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Council Bluffs sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Winterset to Council Bluffs in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Elk Horn, Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum, Bodega Victoriana Winery, Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Hitchcock Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Lewis and Clark Park ©
Lewis and Clark Park

8
nights
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux City: Okoboji (Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum & Okoboji Classic Cars), Arnolds Park (Arnolds Park Amusement Park, 'Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark Okoboji, & more) and Milford (Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History & Gull Point State Park). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, get your bearings at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Heights, and admire the majestic nature at Stone State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux City attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Sioux City takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sioux City are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arnolds Park, Milford, Okoboji, Spirit Lake, Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Sioux City Public Museum ©
Sioux City Public Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Trinity Heights ©
Trinity Heights

4
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Mason City is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel, and explore the world behind art at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mason City road trip site .

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Mason City takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fossil & Prairie Center
Highlights from your plan
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center

6
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Explore Decorah's surroundings by going to Harpers Ferry (Effigy Mounds National Monument & Yellow River State Forest), Marquette (Driftless Area Wetlands Centre & Eagles Landing Winery) and McGregor (Spook Cave & Pikes Peak State Park). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Dunnings Spring Park, identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery, experience rural life at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, and stroll through Trout Run Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Decorah itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Mason City to Decorah in 2 hours. June in Decorah sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

McGregor, Marquette, Harpers Ferry, Masters Hotel, Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Dunnings Spring Park ©
Dunnings Spring Park
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery

11
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubuque: Dyersville (St. Francis Basilica, Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum, & more), Hurstville Interpretive Center (in Maquoketa) and Lock and Dam No. 10 (in Guttenberg). The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, take in the waterfront at Riverwalk, identify plant and animal life at Mines of Spain, and don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Dubuque day trip planner.

You can drive from Decorah to Dubuque in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Le Claire.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dyersville, Manchester, Backbone State Park, Bellevue State Park, Hurstville Interpretive Center
Highlights from your plan
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

6
nights
Le Claire

Le Claire ©
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Le Claire side-trips: Muscatine (Pine Creek Grist Mill, National Pearl Button Museum, & more), Clinton (Eagle Point Park & Wide River Winery) and Burlington (Aspen Grove Cemetery & Snake Alley). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room, stroll around Vander Veer Botanical Park, and get a new perspective on nature at The Putnam Museum & Science Center.

Plan my Le Claire trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Dubuque to Le Claire by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Davenport, Muscatine, Clinton, Burlington, Walcott
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

7
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Get out of town with these interesting Cedar Rapids side-trips: National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa), Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls Main Street & Room Escape Games) and Waterloo (Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, Lost Island Water Park, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, make a trip to Brucemore, and have fun and explore at The Iowa Children's Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cedar Rapids trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Le Claire to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. In July in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Ames.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterloo, Amana, Iowa City, West Branch, Cedar Falls
Highlights from your plan

6
nights
Ames

Ames ©
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. Explore Ames' surroundings by going to Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend), High Trestle Trail (in Ankeny) and Altoona (Adventureland & Prairie Meadows). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens, don't miss a visit to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, steep yourself in history at Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, and deepen your understanding at Iowa State University.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ames driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Ames takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ames can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Ames

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Clear Lake, Altoona, High Trestle Trail, Grotto of the Redemption, Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House
Highlights from your plan
Reiman Gardens ©
Reiman Gardens
Grotto of the Redemption ©
Grotto of the Redemption
Iowa State University ©
Iowa State University

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