7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa route maker

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Make it your trip
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive
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Davenport
— 2 nights
Drive to Quad City International Airport, Fly to Birmingham

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Des Moines

— 2 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 2nd (Fri) at Adventureland. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, hunt for treasures at Downtown Farmers Market, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines holiday builder site.

Birmingham to Des Moines is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Birmingham in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 67°F in Des Moines. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Dubuque

— 2 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Mines of Spain, stroll around Eagle Point Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co.. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dubuque tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Des Moines to Dubuque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Des Moines in July: high temperatures in Dubuque hover around 80°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Casinos

Davenport

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and then sample the fine beverages at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Davenport trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Davenport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Davenport sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Davenport

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

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."