7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa trip maker
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Le Claire
— 1 night
Drive
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Dubuque
— 3 nights
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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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Saylorville Trail as well as Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater. Kids will enjoy Blank Park Zoo and Adventureland. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip planning tool.

Indianapolis to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Le Claire.
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Le Claire — 1 night

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Riverboat Twilight. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take a tour by water with Riverboat Twilight.

For ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Le Claire online attractions planner.

You can drive from Des Moines to Le Claire in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dubuque.
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Dubuque — 3 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mystique Ice Center as well as Long Hollow Canopy Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Pikes Peak State Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co. and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dubuque online trip maker.

Getting from Le Claire to Dubuque by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Le Claire in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dubuque: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Iowa travel guide

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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."
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