15 days in Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iowa trip planner
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Dubuque
— 4 nights
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Le Claire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Des Moines
— 4 nights
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Council Bluffs
— 1 night
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Dubuque — 4 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Explore Dubuque's surroundings by going to Motor Mill Historic Site (in Elkader), Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry) and Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dubuque vacation builder website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Dubuque is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Dubuque is minus 8 hours. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Dubuque, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Le Claire.
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Le Claire — 2 nights

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Green Tree Brewery, and then browse for treasures at Antique Archeology. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, then get your bearings at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and then make a trip to Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Le Claire online travel route planner.

Drive from Dubuque to Le Claire in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Le Claire can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cedar Rapids.
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Cedar Rapids — 2 nights

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Brucemore, see the interesting displays at National Motorcycle Museum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Sutliff Cider. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Allen's Apple Orchard, contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and finally make a trip to Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium.

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

Traveling by car from Le Claire to Cedar Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Cedar Rapids are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 4 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Winterset (John Wayne Birthplace & Museum & Hogback Covered Bridge), Imes Covered Bridge (in Saint Charles) and Reiman Gardens (in Ames). And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, walk around Gray's Lake Park, get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo, and see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Des Moines trip planner.

Drive from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines in 2 hours. In October in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 1 night

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. On the 8th (Sat), try your luck at Harrah's Casino, then try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and then take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Council Bluffs trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Des Moines to Council Bluffs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel 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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