37 days in Iowa Itinerary

37 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Council Bluffs
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Sioux City
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Des Moines
— 5 nights
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Mason City
— 4 nights
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Decorah
— 5 nights
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Dubuque
— 5 nights
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Cedar Rapids
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Le Claire
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Council Bluffs

— 4 nights
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Explore Council Bluffs' surroundings by going to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge (in Missouri Valley) and Bodega Victoriana Winery (in Glenwood). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, relax in the rural setting at Ditmars Orchard, examine the collection at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Wabash Trace Nature Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs journey planning website.

Indianapolis to Council Bluffs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Council Bluffs due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Council Bluffs can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sioux City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Sioux City

— 4 nights
Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. Sioux City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, appreciate the history behind Sergeant Floyd Monument, immerse yourself in nature at Stone State Park, and see the interesting displays at Sioux City Public Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sioux City day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Sioux City takes 1.5 hours. October in Sioux City sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Sioux City

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

Des Moines

— 5 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: Iowa Speedway (in Newton), Ames (Iowa State University & Reiman Gardens) and Winterset (John Wayne Birthplace & Museum & Roseman Covered Bridge). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, and take a stroll through East Village.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux City to Des Moines takes 3 hours. Traveling from Sioux City in October, Des Moines is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:

Mason City

— 4 nights
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mason City: Fort Dodge (Community Orchard & Soldier Creek Winery) and Grotto of the Redemption (in West Bend). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, stroll around East Park, admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel, and admire the masterpieces at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mason City online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Mason City takes 2 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in November, expect Mason City to be slightly colder, temps between 45°F and 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:

Decorah

— 5 nights
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor), Blackhawk Bridge (in Lansing) and Eagles Landing Winery (in Marquette). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Vesterheim, sample the tasty concoctions at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, admire the sheer force of Dunnings Spring Park, and trek along Trout Run Trail.

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

Traveling by car from Mason City to Decorah takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Decorah can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Decorah

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 12:

Dubuque

— 5 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Step out of Dubuque with an excursion to St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dubuque holiday planner.

You can drive from Decorah to Dubuque in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:

Cedar Rapids

— 5 nights
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 Wilson's Orchard (in Iowa City), A J's Copper Garden (in Amana) and West Branch (Herbert Hoover National Historic Site & Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum). The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, steep yourself in history at Brucemore, experience rural life at Allen's Apple Orchard, and don't miss a visit to Czech Village / New Bohemia District.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cedar Rapids trip planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids in 1.5 hours. In November in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Le Claire.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:

Le Claire

— 4 nights
Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. When in Le Claire, make a side trip to see Wide River Winery in Clinton, approximately Clinton away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, make a trip to Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House, and see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Le Claire trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Le Claire takes 1.5 hours. In November in Le Claire, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Le Claire

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

Iowa travel guide

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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."