4 days in Iowa Itinerary

4 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive
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Le Claire
— 1 night
Drive
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Dubuque
— 1 night
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Des Moines — 1 night

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, then walk around Gray's Lake Park, and then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, make a trip to The Temple for Performing Arts, then snap pictures at High Trestle Trail Bridge, and finally find something for the whole family at Adventureland.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines road trip planning tool.

Omaha to Des Moines is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Le Claire.
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Le Claire — 1 night

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, then examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Le Claire trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Des Moines to Le Claire in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.
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Dubuque — 1 night

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and then stroll around Eagle Point Park.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubuque tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Le Claire to Dubuque by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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."
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