8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dickinson
Fly + Drive:  7 h
1
Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Mason City
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Dickinson

1
night
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs journey app.

Dickinson to Council Bluffs is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dickinson to Council Bluffs due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Council Bluffs when traveling from Dickinson in August, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Wildlife Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge ©
Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Kanesville Tabernacle ©
Kanesville Tabernacle

1
night
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 18th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Creek Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil & Prairie Center, and then contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mason City route planner.

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Mason City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Council Bluffs in August: high temperatures in Mason City hover around 80°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Mason City

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fossil & Prairie Center
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Fossil & Prairie Center ©
Fossil & Prairie Center
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Visiting Bailey's Ford Recreation Area and Macbride Nature Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Step out of Dubuque with an excursion to Antique Archeology in Le Claire--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and stroll around Mines of Spain.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dubuque driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Mason City to Dubuque in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

West Branch, Macbride Nature Recreation Area, Antique Archeology, Bailey's Ford Recreation Area
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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum ©
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): hunt for treasures at Downtown Farmers Market, then catch a live event at Iowa State Fairgrounds, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Des Moines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Des Moines are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, High Trestle Trail
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Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market
Iowa State Fairgrounds ©
Iowa State Fairgrounds

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