7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa sightseeing planner

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Des Moines
— 2 nights
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Mason City
— 1 night
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Decorah
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Claire
— 1 night
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Des Moines

— 2 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hogback Covered Bridge and Iowa Quilt Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Clive Greenbelt Trail and Walnut Woods State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: Winterset (Courthouse Square & Madison County Historical Complex) and Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, hunt for treasures at Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, and grab your bike and head to Saylorville Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines tour builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Des Moines. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Mason City

— 1 night
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Creek Nature Center, contemplate the long history of Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, then get engrossed in the history at Kinney Pioneer Museum, then admire the majestic nature at McIntosh Woods State Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Central Gardens of North Iowa.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mason City online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Mason City takes 2 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mason City, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Decorah

— 2 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. On the 26th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Fur Trade Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Crawford Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at The Planted Tree, then look for all kinds of wild species at Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, and finally take a peaceful walk through Yellow River State Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, then make a trip to Masters Hotel, then see the interesting displays at Porter House Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Locust School.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Decorah trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Mason City to Decorah in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Le Claire.

Things to do in Decorah

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Le Claire

— 1 night
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. On the 28th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead, look for gifts at Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium Unique Gift Shop, then sample the tasty concoctions at Green Tree Brewery, and finally tee off at TPC Deere Run.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Le Claire trip planner.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Le Claire takes 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Decorah in May: highs in Le Claire hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Le Claire

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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."