7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa sightseeing planner
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mason City
— 1 night
Drive
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Decorah
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Claire
— 1 night
Drive

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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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hogback Covered Bridge and World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Escape the urban bustle at Clive Greenbelt Trail and Saylorville Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: Winterset (Courthouse Square, Iowa Quilt Museum, &more) and Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, admire the majestic nature at Walnut Woods State Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, and see the interesting displays at Iowa Hall of Pride.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines tour website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Des Moines. In May, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mason City.
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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 drive to Decorah.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, don't miss a visit to Masters Hotel, then admire the landmark architecture of Porter House Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Locust School.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Decorah travel planner.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. May in Decorah sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Le Claire.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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 drive back home.
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Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

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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