The average price of a 7-day trip to Iowa Great Lakes is $1,486 for a solo traveler, $2,669 for a couple, and $5,003 for a family of 4. Iowa Great Lakes hotels range from $59 to $269 per night with an average of $85, while most vacation rentals will cost $140 to $1000 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Joe Foss Field Airport (FSD) are between $525 and $811 per person for economy flights and $1,647 to $2,545 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $41 to $74 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit Iowa Great Lakes, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to FSD and stay in a Iowa Great Lakes hotel:

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • August 6th to December 9th (except the weeks of October 15th, November 19th and November 26th)

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Iowa Great Lakes is usually mid to late September.

 

Average Iowa Great Lakes Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $1,150-$2,345($164-$335 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $41 to $74 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $353 to $681 for economy

Lodging: $85 to $85 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $157 to $191 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $2,134-$3,804($305-$543 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $82 to $148 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $706 to $1,362 for economy

Lodging: $85 to $85 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $157 to $191 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $3,580-$6,398($511-$914 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $164 to $296 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,412 to $2,724 for economy

Lodging: $170 to $170 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $220 to $267 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Iowa Great Lakes

How cheap can you make a vacation to Iowa Great Lakes? The cheapest trip to Iowa Great Lakes is about $90 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $52.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $627-$1,350($90-$193 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $22 to $45 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $353 to $681 for economy

Lodging: $52 to $59 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $20 to $50 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $1,134-$2,346($162-$335 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $44 to $90 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $706 to $1,362 for economy

Lodging: $52 to $59 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $20 to $50 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $2,196-$4,692($314-$670 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $88 to $180 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,412 to $2,724 for economy

Lodging: $104 to $118 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $28 to $70 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is harder to travel to Iowa Great Lakes cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Iowa Great Lakes Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Iowa Great Lakes.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $2,335-$16,178($334-$2,311 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $86 to $155 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $935 to $1,893 for first class

Lodging: $133 to $269 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,000 to $2,200 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $3,872-$19,156($553-$2,737 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $172 to $310 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,870 to $3,786 for first class

Lodging: $133 to $269 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,000 to $2,200 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Iowa Great Lakes for a week is $7,744-$30,392($1,106-$4,342 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $344 to $620 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,740 to $7,572 for first class

Lodging: $266 to $538 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $1,500 to $3,080 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Iowa Great Lakes Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Iowa Great Lakes is higher than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Iowa Great Lakes due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Iowa Great Lakes Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on Iowa Great Lakes hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in Iowa Great Lakes.

 

Flight Costs to Iowa Great Lakes

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $811 average in late July to a low of $525 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $502. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Iowa Great Lakes our data includes 336 originating airports, and 90 airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Iowa Great Lakes from an airport like Shevchenko (SCO) in Aktau (Kazakhstan) for an average $6,521 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Minneapolis-St Paul International (MSP) in Minneapolis, MN (the United States) at an average of just $181.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Iowa Great Lakes, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $286, so you can easily save about 54% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Iowa Great Lakes can easily cost $330 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $22 per person. Private tours can cost $669 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

 

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