8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa route planner

©
This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

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

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail. On the next day, contemplate the long history of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, and then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Des Moines trip site.

New York City to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Des Moines. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trips

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

2
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 4th (Sun), try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino, identify plant and animal life at Fossil & Prairie Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Creek Nature Center, steep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, then admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel, and finally contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mason City trip maker site.

You can drive from Des Moines to Mason City in 2 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mason City, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fossil & Prairie Center, Diamond Jo Casino
Highlights from your plan
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Music Man Square ©
Music Man Square

4
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Get some historical perspective at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Stone Cliff Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Dubuque side-trips: Antique Archeology (in Le Claire), Decorah Fish Hatchery (in Decorah) and Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bailey's Ford Recreation Area and stroll around Mines of Spain.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubuque trip planner.

You can drive from Mason City to Dubuque in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

West Branch, Antique Archeology, Decorah Fish Hatchery, Pikes Peak State Park, Bailey's Ford Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum ©
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

Similar Plans

12 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 19 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: September, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Illinois, Iowa & Wisconsin BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 34 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: August, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 3 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 3 days in Iowa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: July, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans