7 days in Iowa & Nebraska Itinerary

7 days in Iowa & Nebraska Itinerary

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Dubuque
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 2 nights
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Lincoln
— 2 nights

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Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 27th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and then don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Horseshoe Mound, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then go for a walk through Riverwalk, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubuque travel planning website.

Spring City to Dubuque is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Spring City in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 54°F in Dubuque. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 29th (Tue), meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo, then make a trip to Courthouse Square, and then take in the views from Roseman Covered Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines trip planner.

Drive from Dubuque to Des Moines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Dubuque in September since evenings lows in Des Moines dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Roseman Covered Bridge ©
Roseman Covered Bridge
Courthouse Square
Courthouse Square

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Omaha

Omaha ©

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally stop by Old Market Candy Shop. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, then take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Omaha journey maker.

Drive from Des Moines to Omaha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife

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Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Old Market ©
Old Market
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge ©
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

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Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at International Quilt Museum, admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens, then get a sense of history and politics at Nebraska State Capitol, and finally stop by Licorice International.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lincoln trip planner.

You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a train. In October in Lincoln, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Nebraska State Capitol
Nebraska State Capitol

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