8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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8 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Sioux City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Decorah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Dubuque
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Columbus

1
night
Sioux City

Sioux City ©
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Stone State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Heights, then see the interesting displays at Sioux City Public Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Spirit of Siouxland Statue.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux City trip builder app .

Columbus to Sioux City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sioux City when traveling from Columbus in October, with lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums Nature Historic Sites
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Stone State Park ©
Stone State Park
Trinity Heights ©
Trinity Heights

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 28th (Mon), stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, then join the crowd at Iowa Speedway, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building. Here are some ideas for day two: join the crowd at Marion County Fairgrounds, then enjoy breathtaking views from Clark Tower, and then make a trip to The Freedom Rock.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip site .

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Des Moines takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Des Moines when traveling from Sioux City in October, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks

Side Trips

The Freedom Rock, Marion County Fairgrounds, Clark Tower, Iowa Speedway
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Marion County Fairgrounds ©
Marion County Fairgrounds
Iowa Speedway ©
Iowa Speedway

2
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): head outdoors with Cedar Rapids Kernels, stop by A J's Copper Garden, explore the activities along Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, then experience rural life at Wilson's Orchard, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devonian Fossil Gorge. On the next day, go for a walk through Uptown Marion, then see the interesting displays at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cedar Rapids tour builder app .

You can drive from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids in 2 hours. In October in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Iowa City, A J's Copper Garden, Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), Uptown Marion, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Rapids Kernels ©
Cedar Rapids Kernels

1
night
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. On the 1st (Fri), trek along Trout Run Trail, then see the interesting displays at Bily Clocks Museum, and then experience rural life at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm.

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Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Decorah takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Decorah can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bily Clocks Museum
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Bily Clocks Museum ©
Bily Clocks Museum
Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm ©

1
night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 2nd (Sat), walk around Eagle Point Park, then make a trip to Julien Dubuque Monument, then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dubuque trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Decorah to Dubuque takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park
Julien Dubuque Monument ©
Julien Dubuque Monument

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