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
— 6 nights
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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
— 9 nights
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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). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Green Tree Brewery, get a new perspective on nature at The Putnam Museum & Science Center, and learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Davenport travel planning site.

South Bend to Davenport is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from South Bend to Davenport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 8 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Get out of town with these interesting Dubuque side-trips: Manchester (Bailey's Ford Recreation Area, Manchester Fish Hatchery, &more) and Dyersville (National Farm Toy Museum & St. Francis Basilica). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, take in the waterfront at Riverwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sundown Mountain.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Davenport in March, you will find days in Dubuque are slightly colder (42°F), and nights are about the same (24°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: Marquette (Eagles Landing Winery & Driftless Area Wetlands Centre), McGregor (Pikes Peak State Park & Froelich Foundation Museum) and Lansing (Blackhawk Bridge & Mount Hosmer Park). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Vesterheim, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, and identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Decorah online trip builder.

You can drive from Dubuque to Decorah in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mason City

— 6 nights
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Mason City side-trips: Little Swan Lake Winery (in Estherville), Floyd County Historical Society Museum (in Charles City) and Diamond Jo Casino (in Northwood). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel, identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kinney Pioneer Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Mason City route planning website.

Getting from Decorah to Mason City by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Mason City can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around 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). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Sioux City Public Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Palmer's Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe, walk around Grandview Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Heights.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sioux City day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Sioux City takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time 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: Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum (in Shenandoah), Loess Hills Scenic Byway (in Percival) and Lake Icaria State Park (in Corning). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, examine the collection at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, do a tasting at Bodega Victoriana Winery, and stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs tour planning website.

Getting from Sioux City to Council Bluffs by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 9 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: 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: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Confluence Brewing Company, gain insight at Iowa State University, and get engrossed in the history at State Historical Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Des Moines trip maker tool.

Drive from Council Bluffs to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to 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. Get out of town with these interesting Waterloo side-trips: Matchstick Marvels Museum (in Gladbrook), Backbone State Park (in Dundee) and Wapsipinicon Mill and Museum (in Independence). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, relax in the rural setting at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, get a taste of the local shopping with Phelps Youth Pavilion, and stroll around Hickory Hills Park.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Waterloo day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Waterloo takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Waterloo, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Iowa City.

Things to do in Waterloo

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Iowa City

— 6 nights
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Fun Valley Ski Area (in Montezuma), Cedar Rapids (Indian Creek Nature Center, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, &more) and National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Capitol Museum, deepen your understanding at University of Iowa, play a few rounds at Brown Deer Golf Club, and relax in the rural setting at Wilson's Orchard.

Plan trip to Iowa City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Iowa City takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Iowa City are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) 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."