8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Cedar Rapids
— 1 day
Drive
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Decorah
— 3 nights
Drive
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iowa City
— 1 night
Drive
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Clinton
— 1 night
Drive

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Cedar Rapids — 1 day

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and then steep yourself in history at Brucemore.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cedar Rapids attractions planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cedar Rapids. In June, daily temperatures in Cedar Rapids can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Decorah.
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Museums · Historic Sites

Decorah — 3 nights

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Get in touch with nature at Dunnings Spring Park and Trout Run Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Effigy Mounds National Monument and Villa Louis. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Decorah Fish Hatchery and take an in-depth tour of Vesterheim.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Decorah trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Cedar Rapids to Decorah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Des Moines.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Des Moines — 2 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of State Historical Museum, then explore the world behind art at Des Moines Art Center, and then wander the streets of East Village. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, relax in the rural setting at Living History Farms, and then steep yourself in history at Valley Junction.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Des Moines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Decorah in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Des Moines, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Iowa City.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Iowa City — 1 night

Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. On the 12th (Sun), look for gifts at A J's Copper Garden, then explore the striking landscape at Devonian Fossil Gorge, and then contemplate the long history of Old Capitol Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iowa City trip planner.

Getting from Des Moines to Iowa City by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In June in Iowa City, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Clinton.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trip

Clinton — 1 night

Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Heritage Canyon, steep yourself in history at De Immigrant Windmill, and then see the interesting displays at Windmill Cultural Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Clinton route builder tool.

You can drive from Iowa City to Clinton in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June in Clinton, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
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."
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