7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Dubuque
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Davenport
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 3 nights

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Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and then try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Mines of Spain, then stroll around Eagle Point Park, then appreciate the history behind Veteran's Memorial Plaza, and finally learn about winemaking at Stone Cliff Winery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Dubuque trip simple and quick.

Washington DC to Dubuque is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Dubuque is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Dubuque reach 62°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and then stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Sunderbruch Park Trail, then see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Davenport day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Davenport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Davenport sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles), Winterset (John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, Hogback Covered Bridge, &more) and Reiman Gardens (in Ames). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, stroll around Gray's Lake Park, and get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines online travel route planner.

Drive from Davenport to Des Moines in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Gray's Lake Park ©
Gray's Lake Park

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