7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa 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 Terrace Hill. Take a break from the city and head to Clive Greenbelt Trail and Walnut Woods State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Winterset (Courthouse Square, Iowa Quilt Museum, &more) and Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, grab your bike and head to Saylorville Trail, and see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Des Moines trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Des Moines. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 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. On the 25th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, steep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, take an in-depth tour of Kinney Pioneer Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at McIntosh Woods State Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Central Gardens of North Iowa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mason City journey planner.

You can drive from Des Moines to Mason City in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Des Moines in May since evenings lows in Mason City dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough 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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Fur Trade Museum, learn about all things military at Fort Crawford Museum, view the masterpieces at The Planted Tree, then look for all kinds of wild species at Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Yellow River State Forest. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, contemplate the long history of Masters Hotel, then examine the collection at Porter House Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Locust School.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Decorah day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up 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), contemplate the long history of Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead, then stop by 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.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Le Claire road trip planning app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to 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."