8 days in Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa travel planner

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Des Moines
— 3 nights
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Le Claire
— 1 night
Drive
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Dubuque
— 3 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Des Moines: Ames (Iowa State University & Reiman Gardens). There's much more to do: take in the views from High Trestle Trail Bridge, examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, take a stroll through East Village, and get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Des Moines tour itinerary builder tool.

Indianapolis to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Des Moines due to the time zone difference. September in Des Moines sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Le Claire.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Claire

— 1 night
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Le Claire itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Le Claire takes 3 hours. In September in Le Claire, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Le Claire

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Dubuque

— 3 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Change things up with a short trip to Pikes Peak State Park in McGregor (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, walk around Eagle Point Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dubuque online route planner.

You can drive from Le Claire to Dubuque in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Le Claire in September: highs in Dubuque hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
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."