8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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8 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Aldie
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Davenport
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Aldie

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Get out of town with these interesting Dubuque side-trips: Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green) and Cave of the Mounds (in Blue Mounds). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, take a leisurely stroll along Riverwalk, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

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Aldie to Dubuque is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aldie to Dubuque. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Aldie in July, with highs in Dubuque at 80°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Galena, Cave of the Mounds, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
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2
nights
Davenport

Davenport ©
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. Jumer's Casino Rock Island has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Vander Veer Botanical Park, get a new perspective on nature at The Putnam Museum & Science Center, then see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Cannon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Davenport travel planner .

Getting from Dubuque to Davenport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Davenport sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rock Island, The Shameless Chocoholic, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
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Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Iowa State Fairgrounds has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sat), meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo, see where the action happens at Iowa State Fairgrounds, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building. On the next day, snap pictures at Imes Covered Bridge, then contemplate the long history of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, then explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, and finally walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Des Moines sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Davenport to Des Moines takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trips

High Trestle Trail, Imes Covered Bridge, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
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Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Iowa State Fairgrounds ©
Iowa State Fairgrounds