8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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8 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  5​h
1
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Le Claire
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Columbus

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset), The Freedom Rock (in Menlo) and Reiman Gardens (in Ames). There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, learn about winemaking at La Vida Loca Winery, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines vacation maker .

Columbus to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Des Moines due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

High Trestle Trail, Reiman Gardens, La Vida Loca Winery, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, The Freedom Rock
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

2
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, then examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, and then admire the striking features of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Brucemore, contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and finally grab your bike and head to Terry Trueblood Recreational Area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cedar Rapids tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Le Claire.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

West Branch, Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), National Motorcycle Museum, Terry Trueblood Recreational Area
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1
night
Le Claire

Le Claire ©
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, then see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and finally grab your bike and head to Sunderbruch Park Trail.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Le Claire vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Le Claire takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Le Claire can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sunderbruch Park Trail, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology
Buffalo Bill Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Museum

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then examine the collection at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and finally try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Mines of Spain, then stroll around Eagle Point Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Dubuque day trip tool .

Getting from Le Claire to Dubuque by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Dubuque sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 42°F at night. 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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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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