8 days in Northeast Iowa Itinerary

8 days in Northeast Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northeast Iowa journey maker

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Waterloo
— 2 nights
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Decorah
— 5 nights
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Waterloo

— 2 nights
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterloo: Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence) and Backbone State Park (in Dundee). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, stroll through Cedar Valley Nature Trail, admire the natural beauty at Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, and walk around Big Woods Lake Recreation Area.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waterloo trip itinerary builder site.

Des Moines to Waterloo is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Des Moines in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Waterloo, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Decorah.

Things to do in Waterloo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Decorah

— 5 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Decorah: Marquette (Casino Queen Marquette & Eagles Landing Winery), Harpers Ferry (Effigy Mounds National Monument & Yellow River State Forest) and McGregor (Pikes Peak State Park & Spook Cave). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, examine the collection at Bily Clocks Museum, take an in-depth tour of Vesterheim, and experience rural life at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Decorah travel planner.

You can drive from Waterloo to Decorah in 1.5 hours. In June in Decorah, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips