8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Mason City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: New York City

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 2nd (Fri), make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Wide River Winery, then do a tasting at Wide River Winery Tasting Room, and then browse for treasures at Antique Archeology.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dubuque trip itinerary maker app.

New York City to Dubuque is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Dubuque due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Dubuque reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Dubuque

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dyersville, Le Claire, Wide River Winery, Eagles Landing Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wide River Winery Tasting Room ©
Wide River Winery Tasting Room
Eagles Landing Winery ©
Eagles Landing Winery
St. Francis Basilica ©
St. Francis Basilica

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 5th (Mon): do a tasting at Fireside Winery, then contemplate the long history of Kalona Historical Village, and then admire the striking features of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence). On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devonian Fossil Gorge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Backbone State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cedar Rapids route planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. In August in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Iowa City, Fireside Winery, Backbone State Park, Kalona Historical Village, Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence)
Highlights from your plan
Fireside Winery ©
Fireside Winery
Kalona Historical Village ©
Kalona Historical Village
Backbone State Park ©
Backbone State Park

2
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at LIttle Brown Church in the Vale, get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square, then admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Creek Nature Center, then steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, then steep yourself in history at Historic Park Inn Hotel, and finally contemplate the long history of Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Mason City travel planner.

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Mason City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

LIttle Brown Church in the Vale
Highlights from your plan
LIttle Brown Church in the Vale ©
LIttle Brown Church in the Vale
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 9th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Summerset Winery, then learn about winemaking at La Vida Loca Winery, then admire the masterpieces at Salisbury House, and finally contemplate the long history of Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines trip planner.

Getting from Mason City to Des Moines by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Mason City in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Des Moines, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Indianola, Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit
Highlights from your plan
Summerset Winery ©
Summerset Winery
Salisbury House ©
Salisbury House
Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit ©
Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit

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