31 days in Iowa Itinerary

31 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Dubuque
— 5 nights
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Davenport
— 5 nights
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Cedar Rapids
— 5 nights
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Decorah
— 5 nights
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Arnolds Park
— 3 nights
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Des Moines
— 7 nights
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Dubuque

— 5 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubuque: Backbone State Park (in Dundee), Manchester Whitewater Park (in Manchester) and Bixby State Preserve (in Edgewood). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Head underground at Crystal Lake Cave, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Heritage Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dubuque vacation planner.

Pittsburgh to Dubuque is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pittsburgh to Dubuque due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Dubuque are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Davenport

— 5 nights
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Davenport: Muscatine (Weed Park & National Pearl Button Museum) and Burlington (Snake Alley & Mosquito Park). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum, stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, and walk around Vander Veer Botanical Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Davenport trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Davenport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Davenport

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Cedar Rapids

— 5 nights
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: Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence) (in Independence), Iowa City (Coralville Lake visitor center, University of Iowa, &more) and Waterloo (Lost Island Water Park & John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, don't miss a visit to Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Macbride Nature Recreation Area, and trek along Clear Creek Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cedar Rapids trip planner.

Traveling by car from Davenport to Cedar Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In June in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Decorah

— 5 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Decorah: Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry), Mason City (Historic Park Inn Hotel & Stockman House Museum) and McGregor (Pikes Peak State Park & Spook Cave). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Dunnings Spring Park, make a trip to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, take an in-depth tour of Vesterheim, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Decorah Fish Hatchery.

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Getting from Cedar Rapids to Decorah by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Decorah are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arnolds Park.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Arnolds Park

— 3 nights
Arnolds Park is a city in Dickinson County, Iowa, United States. Go for a jaunt from Arnolds Park to West Bend to see Grotto of the Redemption about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Arnolds Park Amusement Park, stop by Goodies Handmade Candies, get engrossed in the history at Abbie Gardner Cabin, and immerse yourself in nature at Fort Defiance State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Arnolds Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Decorah to Arnolds Park takes 4 hours. June in Arnolds Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Arnolds Park

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 7 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), Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa (in Madrid) and Winterset (Madison County Historical Complex & John Wayne Birthplace & Museum). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, get in on the family fun at Adventureland, get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Clive Greenbelt Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Des Moines day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arnolds Park to Des Moines takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Arnolds Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Des Moines, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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."