7 days in Iowa Itinerary

7 days in Iowa Itinerary

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


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 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 Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles) and Winterset (Courthouse Square, Iowa Quilt Museum, &more). 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, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and grab your bike and head to Saylorville Trail.

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 drive to Mason City.
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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 drive to Decorah.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, then steep yourself in history at Masters Hotel, then admire the striking features of Porter House Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Locust School.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Decorah day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In May in Decorah, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Le Claire.
Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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 drive back home.
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."