8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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8 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Council Bluffs
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Des Moines
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Le Claire
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs tour itinerary builder app .

Dallas to Council Bluffs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect Council Bluffs to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Fun & Games Casinos
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Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs

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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: Winterset (Roseman Covered Bridge & John Wayne Birthplace & Museum) and Reiman Gardens (in Ames). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines road trip planning website .

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Winterset, Reiman Gardens, Adventureland, High Trestle Trail
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

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Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (in Cedar Rapids), West Branch (Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum & Herbert Hoover National Historic Site) and National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., immerse yourself in nature at Pikes Peak State Park, and walk around Eagle Point Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dubuque trip maker .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Dubuque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in September, expect Dubuque to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Le Claire.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

West Branch, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, National Motorcycle Museum, Pikes Peak State Park
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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Le Claire

Le Claire ©
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. On the 11th (Wed), stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, then examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, then examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum, and finally browse for treasures at Antique Archeology.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Le Claire vacation planner.

Getting from Dubuque to Le Claire by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Le Claire can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Walcott
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology
Buffalo Bill Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Museum

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