7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

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7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Davenport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Des Moines
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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 1st (Mon): stop by Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium, examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at The Putnam Museum & Science Center, steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Davenport journey tool .

Minneapolis to Davenport is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. In July, daytime highs in Davenport are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Le Claire, West Branch
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The Putnam Museum & Science Center ©
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 3rd (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then admire the landmark architecture of Dubuque's Town Clock, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Point Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, look for all kinds of wild species at Mines of Spain, and then cool off at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dubuque tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Davenport to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Dubuque, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Mines of Spain ©
Mines of Spain
Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark ©

3
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Adventureland and Blank Park Zoo. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, explore and take pictures at Iowa State Fairgrounds, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market, and get curious at Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Des Moines journey planner.

Getting from Dubuque to Des Moines by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubuque in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Des Moines: highs are around 86°F and lows about 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Adventureland
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Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

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