8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Quad City International Airport, Drive to Davenport
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Davenport
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Drive
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Coralville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mason City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
Fly

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Davenport

— 1 day
Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at The Shameless Chocoholic, explore the landscape on two wheels at Sunderbruch Park Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Pine Creek Grist Mill.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Davenport online attractions planner.

Hartford to Davenport is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hartford to Davenport. April in Davenport sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Coralville.

Things to do in Davenport

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Coralville

— 3 nights
Coralville is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Iowa Children's Museum and Kalona Historical Village. Popular historic sites such as Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Devonian Fossil Gorge, stroll around Terry Trueblood Recreational Area, explore the world behind art at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Iowa Firefighters Memorial.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Coralville attractions planner.

Getting from Davenport to Coralville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Coralville are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Coralville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Mason City

— 2 nights
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, then identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, and then contemplate the long history of Meredith Willson Boyhood Home. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at LIttle Brown Church in the Vale, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil & Prairie Center, and then admire the natural beauty at Central Gardens of North Iowa.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mason City travel route planner.

You can drive from Coralville to Mason City in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Coralville in April: high temperatures in Mason City hover around 55°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit, take a peaceful walk through Walnut Woods State Park, and then walk around Easter Lake Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Des Moines takes 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mason City in April: high temperatures in Des Moines hover around 62°F and lows are around 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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."