7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa trip itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cedar Falls
— 1 night
Drive
3
Cedar Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
4
Davenport
— 2 nights
Drive to Quad City International Airport, Fly to Austin

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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Des Moines: Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University). There's still lots to do: walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, and wander the streets of East Village.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Des Moines journey app.

Austin to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in December, things will get much colder in Des Moines: highs are around 37°F and lows about 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cedar Falls.
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Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Cedar Falls — 1 night

Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. On the 10th (Tue), walk around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, then wander the streets of Cedar Falls Main Street, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cedar Falls day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Cedar Falls takes 2 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in December, things will get slightly colder in Cedar Falls: highs are around 32°F and lows about 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Cedar Rapids.
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Fun & Games · Neighborhoods · Parks

Cedar Rapids — 1 night

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Brucemore, browse the eclectic array of goods at NewBo City Market, and then explore the engaging exhibits at The Iowa Children's Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids vacation planning website.

Drive from Cedar Falls to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cedar Rapids can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Davenport.
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Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Davenport — 2 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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get all the information you need at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum and then browse for treasures at Antique Archeology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum and then get a new perspective on nature at The Putnam Museum & Science Center.

Plan my day in Davenport using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Davenport in 1.5 hours. December in Davenport sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · History Museums · 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."
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