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Des Moines and Iowa`s Great Lakes (Self Drive)
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
Self-drive packages in Iowa are a popular option for more experienced travelers, those looking to get off the beaten path and take their own time. Combine Des Moines (the capital city in Iowa, well known for the State Capitol, the Science Center of Iowa, John and Mary Papp Sculpture Park and other tourist attractions), Okoboji Lake (nearby lakeshore beaches, parks, animal conservations areas, water sports and shopping) and Mason City (nearby Clear Lake with local beaches and beautiful parks). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 6 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight in and out Des Moines Rental Car for 7 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Des Moines
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Okoboji Lake
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Mason City
  • Driving Time
    Des Moines - Okoboji Lake : 3 hrs 26 mins. approx.
    Okoboji Lake - Mason City: 2 hr 24 mins. approx..
    Mason City - Des Moines: 1 hr 51 mins. approx.


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Des Moines, IA (8)     Mason City, IA (3)     Okoboji Lake, IA (1)    
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3. Mason City, IA
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2 nights in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa. The gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building is among the 19th- and early-20th-century landmarks of the East Village area. The Des Moines Art Center is noted for its contemporary collections and Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Local produce and live music are draws at the Downtown Farmers' Market. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has outdoor plant displays and a geodesic dome.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Des Moines Art Center, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa State Capitol, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Living History Farms, Gray's Lake, Science Center of Iowa and Blank IMAX Dome Theater and much more.



2 nights in Okoboji Lake, IA

Okoboji Lake, comprises an east and west side. East Okoboji Lake is a natural body of water, approximately 1,835 acres in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes. West Okoboji Lake (sometimes known as West Lake Okoboji) is a natural body of water, approximately 3,847 acres (15.57 km2) in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. The depth of the lake makes it a popular regional destination for motor boating, water skiing, sailing, and swimming.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Gull Point State Park, Higgins Museum, Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum, Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Museum and much more.



2 nights in Mason City, IA

Mason City, the region around what would later be first called Shibboleth was a summer home to the Sioux and Winnebago nations. The first settlement that became Shibboleth was established in 1853 at the confluence of the Winnebago River and Calmus Creek. The town had several names: Shibboleth, Masonic Grove, and Masonville, until Mason City was adopted in 1855, in honor of a founder's son, Mason Long. Mason City is known for its musical heritage, consistently producing successful performers and educators.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, The Music Man Square, Kinney Pioneer Museum, Lime Creek Nature Center, Clear Lake and much more.




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Des Moines, IA
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Arrive to Des Moines, IA
Overnight in Des Moines, IA   93 hotels offered
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Overnight in Des Moines, IA   93 hotels offered
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Departing from Des Moines, IA
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Okoboji Lake, IA
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Arrive to Okoboji Lake, IA
Overnight in Okoboji Lake, IA   6 hotels offered
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Overnight in Okoboji Lake, IA   6 hotels offered
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Departing from Okoboji Lake, IA
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Mason City, IA
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Arrive to Mason City, IA
Overnight in Mason City, IA   8 hotels offered
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Overnight in Mason City, IA   8 hotels offered
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Des Moines, IA
Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa. The gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building is among the 19th- and early-20th-century landmarks of the East Village area. The Des Moines Art Center is noted for its contemporary collections and Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Local produce and live music are draws at the Downtown Farmers' Market. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has outdoor plant displays and a geodesic dome.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Des Moines Art Center, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa State Capitol, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Living History Farms, Gray's Lake, Science Center of Iowa and Blank IMAX Dome Theater and much more.
Okoboji Lake, IA
Okoboji Lake, comprises an east and west side. East Okoboji Lake is a natural body of water, approximately 1,835 acres in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes. West Okoboji Lake (sometimes known as West Lake Okoboji) is a natural body of water, approximately 3,847 acres (15.57 km2) in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. The depth of the lake makes it a popular regional destination for motor boating, water skiing, sailing, and swimming.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Gull Point State Park, Higgins Museum, Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum, Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Museum and much more.
Mason City, IA
Mason City, the region around what would later be first called Shibboleth was a summer home to the Sioux and Winnebago nations. The first settlement that became Shibboleth was established in 1853 at the confluence of the Winnebago River and Calmus Creek. The town had several names: Shibboleth, Masonic Grove, and Masonville, until Mason City was adopted in 1855, in honor of a founder's son, Mason Long. Mason City is known for its musical heritage, consistently producing successful performers and educators.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, The Music Man Square, Kinney Pioneer Museum, Lime Creek Nature Center, Clear Lake and much more.

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