8 days in Iowa Itinerary

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Council Bluffs
— 1 day
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Cedar Falls
— 1 night
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Cedar Rapids
— 1 night
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Dubuque
— 1 night
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Davenport
— 1 night
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Des Moines
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Council Bluffs — 1 day

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. On the 23rd (Wed), try to win big at Harrah's Casino, try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Bayliss Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Council Bluffs trip planning site.

Newark to Council Bluffs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Council Bluffs. Traveling from Newark in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 30°F in Council Bluffs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cedar Falls.
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Cedar Falls — 1 night

Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, then take a stroll through Cedar Falls Main Street, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cedar Falls trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Cedar Falls takes 4 hours. In November, Cedar Falls is slightly colder than Council Bluffs - with highs of 46°F and lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Cedar Rapids.
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Cedar Rapids — 1 night

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, learn about winemaking at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, and then have fun and explore at The Iowa Children's Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cedar Falls to Cedar Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In November in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car 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. On the 26th (Sat), make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and then try to win big at Diamond Jo Casino.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dubuque online road trip planner.

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Davenport.
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Davenport — 1 night

Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. On the 27th (Sun), stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, get your bearings at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Davenport trip planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Davenport can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 3 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Venture out of the city with trips to Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, walk around Gray's Lake Park, explore the world behind art at Des Moines Art Center, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Des Moines travel route planner.

You can drive from Davenport to Des Moines in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Des Moines are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly 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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