7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

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7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Columbia
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Le Claire
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: Columbia

1
night
Le Claire

Le Claire ©
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. On the 25th (Fri), browse for treasures at Antique Archeology. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, then examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, then contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and finally stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Le Claire itinerary planner .

Columbia to Le Claire is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In October in Le Claire, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Walcott, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology
Buffalo Bill Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Museum

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 27th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then do a tasting at Stone Cliff Winery, and finally stroll around Eagle Point Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Motorcycle Museum, admire the natural beauty at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and then try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dubuque trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Le Claire to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

National Motorcycle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 29th (Tue), ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at High Trestle Trail, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, snap pictures at Imes Covered Bridge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Blank Park Zoo, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip maker tool .

Getting from Dubuque to Des Moines by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, High Trestle Trail, Imes Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

1
night
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum, then try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and then try your luck at Harrah's Casino.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Council Bluffs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Fun & Games Casinos Museums
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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