7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Austin
Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Davenport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Austin

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 7th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park and then find something for the whole family at Adventureland.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Des Moines travel planner.

Austin to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or drive. In August, Des Moines is slightly colder than Austin - with highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Davenport.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Imes Covered Bridge, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, Adventureland
Highlights from your plan
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, then take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and finally look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, browse the exhibits of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, then explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Davenport trip planning website.

Drive from Des Moines to Davenport in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Davenport can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Le Claire, Walcott, West Branch
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then meet the residents at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then do a tasting at Stone Cliff Winery, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Pikes Peak State Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubuque online trip builder.

Drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pikes Peak State Park, National Motorcycle Museum
Highlights from your plan
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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