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Delight in Exciting Activities during Your Weekend Getaway in Iowa

Situated between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the midwestern state of Iowa takes pride in its numerous plains and hills. Explore the state's museums before trying out Iowa's diverse and delicious cuisine on a dinner and movie date.

City Breaks in Iowa: Top Accommodations

Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$142 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
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Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$90 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
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Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$142 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
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The Best Weekend Getaway Destinations in Iowa

Weekend getaways in Iowa are wonderful at any time of the year. Each season allows you to explore the state's cities, zoos, and parks.

  • Des Moines

    Head to the city's 49-acre Blank Park Zoo, whose indoor and outdoor exhibits house red pandas, emperor scorpions, grey crowned cranes, reticulated giraffes, and more. There's also Raccoon River Park in Des Moines, where you can relax at the picnic shelters, fish, and swim.

  • Iowa City

    Check out the Amana Colonies to shop and dine in traditional German villages. The Old Capitol Museum beckons history lovers with its variety of exhibits. Afterward, consider going to the Devonian Fossil Gorge to see the ocean floor remains, which date back to 375 million years ago.

  • Ames

    In Ames, visit the Reiman Gardens to view the beautiful seasonal flowerbeds and sculptures. The 17-acre park also has a gift shop, where you can buy souvenirs and gifts for people at home. From there, visit Prairie Moon Winery to learn about winemaking.

  • Waterloo

    In this Black Hawk County city, families will want to cool off at the Lost Island waterpark, where you can zoom down slides and bask in the sun. There's also a mini-golf course. Shopping enthusiasts can head to Crossroads Mall, which covers more than 50 miles.

  • Cedar Rapids

    Iowa's second-largest city, Cedar Rapids is home to the Prairie Park Fishery, where you can try your hand at angling or ice-skate during winter. Check out the Indian Creek Nature Center’s hiking trails, fishing, and skiing.

City Breaks in Iowa: Top Accommodations

Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$142 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
Kasa Living
View deal
Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$114 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
Kasa Living
View deal
Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$114 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
Kasa Living
View deal
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Things to Do During Your Weekend Getaway in Iowa

The Hawkeye State may be famous for its vast cornfields and beautiful blue skies, but there's so much more. Indulge in thrilling indoor and outdoor activities for young and old.

  • Enjoy comedy at the Talent Factory

    During your weekend getaway in Iowa, visit this performing arts center in Nevada for comedy shows, live music, and events featuring hypnotists, illusionists, and psychics. It was ranked as Iowa’s fourth-best comedy venue in its first five years of operation. Head to nearby Mi Casita, a Mexican restaurant, to dine on tasty fajitas.

  • Visit the Des Moines Art Center

    Head here to see a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, mixed media, and other modern art. You'll find the works of great artists such as Jasper Johns, Claude Monet, Deborah Butterfield, Eva Hesse, and Takashi Murakami. Stop at the eatery for a bite after touring the center.

  • Catch a movie at the Cinemark Theater

    Settle into this Altoona theater's comfortable seats on a rainy day. You can order your tickets online.

  • Dine at St. Burch Tavern

    If you're in Iowa City, stop here for delectable seafood, steak, and other American dishes, washed down with a cold beer. Larger groups of eight or more should make reservations.

  • Tour Pella

    At Pella's Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake, you can fish and boat while enjoying fantastic sunset views. Play a few holes at Bos Landen Golf Club, ranked among the United States' 75 most affordable golf courses.

City Breaks in Iowa: Top Accommodations

Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$142 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
Kasa Living
View deal
Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$114 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
Kasa Living
View deal
Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$114 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
Kasa Living
View deal
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What to Pack for Your Weekend Getaway in Iowa

Before visiting Iowa, pack everything you need to make your trip a success. By preparing ahead, you'll have more time to enjoy your weekend getaway.

  • Driver's license

    If you're planning on renting a car in Iowa, you'll need a driver's license. Driving yourself between attractions saves time and lets you travel off the beaten track.

  • Clothing

    Pack according to what season you're heading to Iowa. For instance, shorts, T-shirts, and sundresses are great for summer visits. Should you go in winter, heavier coats, scarves, and gloves will be useful.

  • Hiking gear

    Great hiking awaits in Iowa, especially in Maquoketa and Decorah. Remember to bring a backpack, sturdy shoes, and a first aid kit.

  • Fishing equipment

    Big Spirit Lake and Lake Rathbun offer excellent fishing. Anglers will want to bring nets, hooks, and rods.

  • Sunblock

    Pack sunscreen, especially when if you're going to Iowa in summer. Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30.

City Breaks in Iowa: Top Accommodations

Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$142 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
Kasa Living
View deal
Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$90 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
HouseStay
View deal
Apartment Downtown Des Moines
$142 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Details
Kasa Living
View deal

What kind of prices can I expect when planning Weekend Getaway in Iowa?

The average price for accommodation in Iowa is between usually $204 and $236 per night.

What kinds of rentals can I find for Weekend Getaway in Iowa?

There are many Hotel rooms and Apartment rentals that are great for Weekend Getaway in Iowa.

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