8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa visit planner
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Des Moines
— 3 nights
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Le Claire
— 2 nights
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Dubuque
— 2 nights
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Des Moines — 3 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Your day by day itinerary now includes Wells Fargo Arena, Breakout Games - Des Moines and Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater. Family-friendly places like Blank Park Zoo and Adventureland will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Des Moines sightseeing website.

Indianapolis to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Le Claire.
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Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks
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Le Claire — 2 nights

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Buffalo Bill Museum, TPC Deere Run and Ashford University Field. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see where the action happens at Ashford University Field, then see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, and then play a few rounds at TPC Deere Run.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Le Claire vacation maker app.

Drive from Des Moines to Le Claire in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Le Claire are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dubuque.
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Museums · Golf · Outdoors
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Dubuque — 2 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Meadows Golf Club, Galena On The Fly, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with Wisconsin Canoe Company, catch all the local highlights with Galena On The Fly, and then head outdoors with Sugar River Raceway. On your second day here, tee off at The Meadows Golf Club and then meet the residents at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubuque trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Le Claire to Dubuque takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Le Claire in September, expect nights in Dubuque to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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