7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

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7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h
1
Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Fairfield
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Le Claire
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Denver

1
night
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Hitchcock Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, and then see the interesting displays at Watson Station & Steamtrain.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Council Bluffs itinerary tool .

Denver to Council Bluffs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Council Bluffs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Wildlife Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Missouri Valley, Hitchcock Nature Center
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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Hitchcock Nature Center ©
Hitchcock Nature Center

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 17th (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, then stroll through High Trestle Trail, then contemplate the long history of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, and finally snap pictures at Hogback Covered Bridge. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Downtown Farmers Market, then steep yourself in history at Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fairfield.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Winterset, Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, High Trestle Trail, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Fairfield

Fairfield ©
Fairfield is a city in, and the county seat of, Jefferson County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Chief Wapello's Memorial Park, admire the landmark architecture of American Gothic House, then contemplate the long history of Maasdam Barns, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Lake Darling State Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fairfield trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Fairfield takes 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Fairfield are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Le Claire.

Things to do in Fairfield

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Chief Wapello's Memorial Park, American Gothic House, Lake Darling State Park
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American Gothic House ©
American Gothic House
Chief Wapello's Memorial Park ©
Chief Wapello's Memorial Park

2
nights
Le Claire

Le Claire ©
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. On the 20th (Fri), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, then learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room, then examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and finally look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, then explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Soldier's Monument.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Le Claire trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fairfield to Le Claire takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in March, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

West Branch, Walcott, Davenport
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

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