9 days in Iowa Itinerary

9 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Dubuque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Davenport
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Council Bluffs
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Boston

2
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home and then take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., make a trip to Clock Tower, thenstroll around Eagle Point Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Veteran's Memorial Plaza.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Dubuque tour planner.

Saint Louis to Dubuque is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Saint Louis in May; daily highs in Dubuque reach 69°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ulysses S. Grant Home
Highlights from your plan
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

1
night
Davenport

Davenport ©
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. Sunderbruch Park Trail has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and then grab your bike and head to Sunderbruch Park Trail.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Davenport trip app.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Davenport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Highlights from your plan
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 24th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, explore the world behind art at Des Moines Art Center, and then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Gray's Lake Park, admire the natural beauty at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, thenwalk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and finally stroll through High Trestle Trail.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines itinerary planning app.

Getting from Davenport to Des Moines by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Des Moines are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

3
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. You've now added Western Historic Trails Center to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri Valley (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, appreciate the history behind Golden Spike Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, and examine the collection at RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Council Bluffs day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Council Bluffs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Desoto National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Union Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Historic General Dodge House ©
Historic General Dodge House

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