19 days in Iowa Itinerary

19 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
1
Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Mason City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Decorah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Davenport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Cedar Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
night
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs road trip website.

New York City to Council Bluffs is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Council Bluffs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites
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Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Lewis and Clark Park ©
Lewis and Clark Park
Kanesville Tabernacle ©
Kanesville Tabernacle

2
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 9th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Historic Park Inn Hotel, steep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, then listen to music at Music Man Square, and finally steep yourself in history at Stockman House Museum. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at Fossil & Prairie Center, and then walk around East Park.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mason City trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Council Bluffs to Mason City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In June, Mason City is little chillier than Council Bluffs - with highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fossil & Prairie Center
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:
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Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Lime Creek Nature Center ©
Lime Creek Nature Center

2
nights
Decorah

Decorah ©
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Effigy Mounds National Monument, then immerse yourself in nature at Pikes Peak State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Trout Run Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park, and then examine the collection at Vesterheim.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Decorah online road trip planner.

You can drive from Mason City to Decorah in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Decorah are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Pikes Peak State Park
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Pikes Peak State Park ©
Pikes Peak State Park
Dunnings Spring Park ©
Dunnings Spring Park
Decorah Fish Hatchery ©
Decorah Fish Hatchery

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Dubuque is known for zoos & aquariums, parks, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: 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., pause for some photo ops at Julien Dubuque Monument, and try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dubuque route planner.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Dubuque takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Maquoketa Caves State Park
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

3
nights
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. Go for a jaunt from Davenport to Burlington to see Snake Alley about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum, and walk around Sunderbruch Park Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Davenport online trip builder.

You can drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Le Claire, Walcott, Snake Alley
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Antique Archeology ©
Antique Archeology
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum

3
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Venture out of the city with trips to West Branch (Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum & Herbert Hoover National Historic Site), National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa) and Lost Island Water Park (in Waterloo). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Brucemore, don't miss a visit to Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, and examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cedar Rapids journey builder.

You can drive from Davenport to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. June in Cedar Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

West Branch, Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark, National Motorcycle Museum, Lost Island Water Park
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum
Brucemore ©
Brucemore

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Reiman Gardens (in Ames), The Freedom Rock (in Menlo) and John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, walk around Gray's Lake Park, make a splash at Adventureland, and make a trip to The Temple for Performing Arts.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Des Moines trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines takes 2 hours. June in Des Moines sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Adventureland, Reiman Gardens, La Vida Loca Winery, The Freedom Rock, High Trestle Trail
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Adventureland ©
Adventureland

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