19 days in Iowa Itinerary

19 days in Iowa Itinerary

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19 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Kanesville Tabernacle.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs trip planning app .

New York City to Council Bluffs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel, contemplate the long history of Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, then get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil & Prairie Center, and then walk around East Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Mason City holiday planning app .

You can drive from Council Bluffs to Mason City in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Council Bluffs in June; daily highs in Mason City reach 80°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time 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. On the 11th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Effigy Mounds National Monument, then admire the majestic nature at Pikes Peak State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Decorah Fish Hatchery. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Trout Run Trail, then admire the sheer force of Dunnings Spring Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Vesterheim.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Decorah 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough 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, casinos, wineries, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Julien Dubuque Monument, walk around Eagle Point Park, and take in the waterfront at Riverwalk.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubuque sightseeing planner .

Drive from Decorah to Dubuque in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Dubuque can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Maquoketa Caves State Park
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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: see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, and admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Davenport trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Davenport can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time 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
Figge Art Museum ©
Figge Art Museum
Vander Veer Botanical Park ©
Vander Veer Botanical Park

3
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cedar Rapids: Lost Island Water Park (in Waterloo), National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa) and West Branch (Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum & Herbert Hoover National Historic Site). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, steep yourself in history at Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark, and don't miss a visit to Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cedar Rapids online travel route planner .

You can drive from Davenport to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

West Branch, National Motorcycle Museum, Lost Island Water Park, Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
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4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Des Moines: John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset), The Freedom Rock (in Menlo) and Reiman Gardens (in Ames). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Des Moines driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Adventureland, The Freedom Rock, High Trestle Trail, La Vida Loca Winery, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

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