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: Santa Fe (Cathedral Park, The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, &more), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) 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 °F, while at night they dip to °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
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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: Antique Carousel (in Story City), Mason City (Stockman House Museum, Historic Park Inn Hotel, &more) and Ames (Textile and Clothing Museum & Iowa State University). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Seven Oaks Recreation, examine the collection at Guthrie County Historical Village, hike along Brown's Woods, and make a trip to The Freedom Rock.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Des Moines day trip planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Des Moines by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: 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, things will get little chillier in Des Moines: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mason City, Ames, High Trestle Trail, Seven Oaks Recreation, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa
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
nights
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: National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa), Fun Valley Ski Area (in Montezuma) and Iowa 80 Trucking Museum (in Walcott). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., browse the exhibits of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and admire the striking features of Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence).

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cedar Rapids online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cedar Rapids can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dubuque, National Motorcycle Museum, Fun Valley Ski Area, John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, Good Quilts and Great Gardens
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), Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum (in Shenandoah) and Museum of Danish America (in Elk Horn). 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 °F and lows of °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 Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sioux City, Hitchcock Nature Center, Greater Shenandoah Historical Society Museum, Museum of Danish America
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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