7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa vacation planner

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Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive
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Davenport
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dubuque
— 2 nights
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Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, get into the urban bustle at Des Moines Civic Center, and then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Reiman Gardens, and then snap pictures at High Trestle Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines trip planner.

Minneapolis to Des Moines is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in April, expect nights in Des Moines to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Davenport.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Davenport

— 3 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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Iowa Children's Museum and Figge Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Davenport: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (in West Branch) and Coralville Lake visitor center (in Iowa City). The adventure continues: walk around Vander Veer Botanical Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Family Museum of Arts and Science, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, and take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

Make your Davenport itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Des Moines to Davenport in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Davenport can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 2 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 20th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then go for a walk through Riverwalk, and finally stroll around Mines of Spain. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Motorcycle Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and then walk around Eagle Point Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dubuque trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Davenport to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Davenport in April, plan for little chillier days in Dubuque, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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."