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Waterloo (Iowa) to Des Moines drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Waterloo (Iowa) to Des Moines road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Waterloo (Iowa) to Des Moines. If you're planning a road trip to Des Moines, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Waterloo (Iowa)
drive for about 36 minutes

10:36 am  Grundy Center
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:36 am
drive for about 42 minutes

12:19 pm  Iowa Falls
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:19 pm
drive for about 41 minutes

1:59 pm  Webster City
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:59 pm
drive for about 48 minutes

3:47 pm  Ames (Iowa)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:47 pm
drive for about 43 minutes

5:30 pm  West Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:30 pm
drive for about 12 minutes

6:42 pm  arrive in Des Moines

driving ≈ 3.5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Grundy Center

Iowa Falls

Webster City

Ames (Iowa)

West Des Moines  (3 answers)
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What are some things to do in Des Moines?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Des Moines. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?  (6 answers)

profile  Keith from Denver asked:
Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?  (3 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Des Moines to Waterloo (Iowa) drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Waterloo (Iowa)? Try searching for places within 2 hours of Waterloo (Iowa).

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Waterloo (Iowa) to Des Moines. Or get a full Waterloo (Iowa) to Des Moines flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Waterloo (Iowa) well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Waterloo (Iowa)!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 126 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 58 minutes
1 Waterloo (Iowa) travel answer
1 Ames (Iowa) travel answer
3 West Des Moines travel answers
21 Des Moines travel answers





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