60 days in Iowa Itinerary

60 days in Iowa Itinerary

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60 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
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Cedar Rapids
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Davenport
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dubuque
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Decorah
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Sioux City
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Council Bluffs
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Winterset
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Ames
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Cedar Rapids

6
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Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Attractions like The Play Station and Devonian Fossil Gorge make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cedar Rapids: Fun Valley Ski Area (in Montezuma), Waterloo (Cedar Valley Nature Trail & Lost Island Water Park) and Amana (A J's Copper Garden & Ackerman Winery). There's lots more to do: ride a horse along Hickory Hills park/Casey's Paha, get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, and stroll through Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence).

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids route planning site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Cedar Rapids. In January, daytime highs in Cedar Rapids are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Davenport.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Iowa City, Amana, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Iowa Children's Museum ©
The Iowa Children's Museum
Lost Island Water Park ©
Lost Island Water Park

7
nights
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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Family Museum of Arts and Science and Muscatine Aquatic Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Davenport: Burlington (Mosquito Park, Snake Alley, & more), Wide River Winery (in Clinton) and Muscatine (National Pearl Button Museum, Muscatine Art Center, & more). The adventure continues: stroll around Sunderbruch Park Trail, get curious at The Putnam Museum & Science Center, sample the fine beverages at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House, and learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Davenport driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Davenport in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Davenport are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Muscatine, Burlington, Le Claire, Walcott, Family Museum of Arts and Science
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Family Museum of Arts and Science ©
Family Museum of Arts and Science
Sunderbruch Park Trail ©
Sunderbruch Park Trail

10
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Attractions like National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Maquoketa Caves State Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: Backbone State Park (in Dundee), Dyersville (St. Francis Basilica, Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum, & more) and Manchester (Manchester Whitewater Park & Castle Theater). There's still lots to do: get your game on at Matter: A Learning Playground, grab your bike and head to Heritage Trail, have fun at Mystique Ice Center, and take in the waterfront at Riverwalk.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubuque journey planner.

Drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Davenport in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dubuque: temperatures range from 27°F by day to 10°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dyersville, Maquoketa, Manchester, Backbone State Park, Bellevue State Park
Highlights from your plan
Manchester Whitewater Park ©
Manchester Whitewater Park
Maquoketa Caves State Park ©
Maquoketa Caves State Park

7
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Decorah side-trips: Mason City (Stockman House Museum & Lime Creek Nature Center), Motor Mill Historic Site (in Elkader) and Driftless Area Wetlands Centre (in Marquette). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trout Run Trail, take a peaceful walk through Yellow River State Forest, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, and don't miss a visit to Chapel of St. Anthony Padua.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Decorah attractions planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Decorah in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°F, and evening lows to 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mason City, McGregor, Spillville, Masters Hotel, Yellow River State Forest
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Fossil & Prairie Center ©
Fossil & Prairie Center
Dunnings Spring Park ©
Dunnings Spring 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. Kids will enjoy LaunchPAD Children’s Museum and Arnolds Park Amusement Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux City: Okoboji (Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum & Ranch Okoboji), 'Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark Okoboji (in Arnolds Park) and Milford (Gull Point State Park & Clark Museum of Okoboji Area & Iowa History). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, admire the majestic nature at Stone State Park, stroll around Grandview Park, and appreciate the history behind Spirit of Siouxland Statue.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sioux City trip builder tool .

Drive from Decorah to Sioux City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Decorah in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sioux City, with highs around 32°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Milford, Okoboji, Onawa, Arnolds Park, Kings Pointe
Highlights from your plan
Arnolds Park Amusement Park ©
Arnolds Park Amusement Park
Lewis and Clark State Park ©
Lewis and Clark State Park

7
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
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: Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca), Preparation Canyon State Park (in Pisgah) and Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley). And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, see the interesting displays at Museum of Danish America, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle, and enjoy breathtaking views from Lewis and Clark Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs trip planner .

You can drive from Sioux City to Council Bluffs in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Council Bluffs are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Winterset.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hitchcock Nature Center, Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum, Farmall-Land USA, Preparation Canyon State Park, Waubonsie State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hitchcock Nature Center ©
Hitchcock Nature Center
Preparation Canyon State Park ©
Preparation Canyon State Park
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

7
nights
Winterset

Winterset ©
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Family-friendly places like Living History Farms and Blank Park Zoo will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Winterset side-trips: La Vida Loca Winery (in Indianola), West Des Moines (Walnut Woods State Park & Valley Junction) and Des Moines (Des Moines Art Center, Escape Chambers, & more). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Raccoon River Valley Trail, explore the galleries of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, make a trip to The Freedom Rock, and make a splash at Clive Aquatic Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Winterset trip planning tool .

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Winterset in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Winterset can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ames.

Things to do in Winterset

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Des Moines, West Des Moines, La Vida Loca Winery, Lake Wapello State Park, Imes Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Lake Wapello State Park ©
Lake Wapello State Park
Living History Farms ©
Living History Farms

7
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Ames

Ames ©
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Iowa State University and Center Grove Orchard. Explore Ames' surroundings by going to Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company (in Bondurant), Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend) and Adventureland (in Altoona). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, steep yourself in history at Historic Park Inn Hotel, and make a trip to Antique Carousel.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ames holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Winterset to Ames takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ames are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ames

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Antique Carousel, Historic Park Inn Hotel, Center Grove Orchard, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, Adventureland
Highlights from your plan
Grotto of the Redemption ©
Grotto of the Redemption
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Center Grove Orchard ©
Center Grove Orchard

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