8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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8 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Winterset
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Iowa City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Columbus

2
nights
Winterset

Winterset ©
Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Clark Tower and Hogback Covered Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Winterset side-trips: Elk Horn (Museum of Danish America & Danish Windmill Museum), Marion County Fairgrounds (in Knoxville) and The Freedom Rock (in Menlo). There's more to do: join the crowd at Iowa Speedway.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Winterset tour builder tool .

Columbus to Winterset is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Winterset due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iowa City.

Things to do in Winterset

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elk Horn, The Freedom Rock, Marion County Fairgrounds, Iowa Speedway
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Danish America ©
Museum of Danish America
Clark Tower ©
Clark Tower
Iowa Speedway ©
Iowa Speedway

2
nights
Iowa City

Iowa City ©
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. On the 29th (Tue), do a tasting at Ackerman Winery, get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, identify plant and animal life at Indian Creek Nature Center, then relax in the rural setting at Wilson's Orchard, and finally stop by A J's Copper Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History, walk around Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, then enjoy some diversion at Nile Kinnick Stadium, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devonian Fossil Gorge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Iowa City route planning website .

You can drive from Winterset to Iowa City in 2.5 hours. October in Iowa City sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Iowa City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Amana, Cedar Rapids
Highlights from your plan
Devonian Fossil Gorge ©
Devonian Fossil Gorge
Nile Kinnick Stadium ©
Nile Kinnick Stadium
Terry Trueblood Recreational Area ©
Terry Trueblood Recreational Area

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Luke's United Methodist Church and Julien Dubuque Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: Backbone State Park (in Dundee), Dyersville (National Farm Toy Museum & St. Francis Basilica) and Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), do a tasting at Wide River Winery, and walk around Eagle Point Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dubuque vacation app .

Getting from Iowa City to Dubuque by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Dubuque, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Clinton, Dyersville, Backbone State Park, Eagles Landing Winery, Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence)
Highlights from your plan
Backbone State Park ©
Backbone State Park
St. Luke's United Methodist Church ©

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