16 days in Albuquerque & Iowa Itinerary

16 days in Albuquerque & Iowa Itinerary

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1
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
2
Des Moines
— 4 nights
3
Cedar Rapids
— 3 nights
4
Council Bluffs
— 3 nights

5
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos), Santa Fe (Cathedral Park, The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, &more) and Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, pause for some photo ops at Madonna of the Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Albuquerque. In December, daily temperatures in Albuquerque can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Cochiti Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Mason City (Stockman House Museum, Historic Park Inn Hotel, &more), Antique Carousel (in Story City) and Ames (Textile and Clothing Museum & Iowa State University). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Seven Oaks Recreation, examine the collection at Guthrie County Historical Village, learn about winemaking at La Vida Loca Winery, and make a trip to The Freedom Rock.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Des Moines road trip planner.

Fly from Albuquerque to Des Moines in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque to Des Moines, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, expect Des Moines to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Des Moines

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mason City, Ames, Seven Oaks Recreation, High Trestle Trail, Antique Carousel
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Seven Oaks Recreation ©
Seven Oaks Recreation
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Iowa State University ©
Iowa State University

3
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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: Fun Valley Ski Area (in Montezuma), National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa) and Iowa 80 Trucking Museum (in Walcott). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Good Quilts and Great Gardens.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cedar Rapids trip planner.

You can drive from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dubuque, Fun Valley Ski Area, Good Quilts and Great Gardens, National Motorcycle Museum, John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Room Escape Games
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum

3
nights
Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs ©
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Council Bluffs side-trips: Sioux City (Sioux City Public Museum & LaunchPAD Children’s Museum), Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn) and Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum (in Shenandoah). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, admire the striking features of Historic General Dodge House, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle, and walk around Hitchcock Nature Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Council Bluffs online attractions planner.

Drive from Cedar Rapids to Council Bluffs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. December in Council Bluffs sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sioux City, Museum of Danish America, Hitchcock Nature Center, Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Historic General Dodge House ©
Historic General Dodge House

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