12 days in Des Moines & Austin Itinerary

12 days in Des Moines & Austin Itinerary

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12 days in Des Moines & Austin Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Austin
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. You'll explore and learn at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and Iowa Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame. Step off the beaten path and head to Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House and American Gothic House. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Airpower Museum (in Ottumwa), Iowa Quilt Museum (in Winterset) and Chief Wapello's Memorial Park (in Agency). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Living History Farms, steep yourself in history at Valley Junction, admire the masterpieces at Des Moines Art Center, and ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines route builder .

New York City to Des Moines is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in February, things will get a bit cooler in Des Moines: highs are around 36°F and lows about 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Des Moines

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Winterset, Guthrie County Historical Village, Iowa Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, Chief Wapello's Memorial Park, Valley Junction
Highlights from your plan
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
American Gothic House ©
American Gothic House
Living History Farms ©
Living History Farms

6
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Visit Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site and Pioneer Museum Complex for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Blue Bell Creameries and Bullock Texas State History Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War & St. Mary's Catholic Church), The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden (in Kerrville) and San Antonio (Mission San Jose, The Alamo, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve, view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, get a taste of the local shopping with The Blanton Museum of Art, and ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol.

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Traveling by flight from Des Moines to Austin takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Des Moines in March, things will get warmer in Austin: highs are around 75°F and lows about 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, San Antonio, The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden, Blue Bell Creameries, Hamilton Pool Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Blue Bell Creameries ©
Blue Bell Creameries
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve

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