14 days in Des Moines & Phoenix Itinerary

14 days in Des Moines & Phoenix Itinerary

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14 days in Des Moines & Phoenix Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Des Moines
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Phoenix
— 6 nights
End: Phoenix

7
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House and John Wayne Birthplace & Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Living History Farms and Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Ames (Iowa State University & Reiman Gardens), Vermeer Museum & Global Pavilion (in Pella) and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center (in Prairie City). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Blank Park Zoo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market, stroll through Gray's Lake Park, and grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Des Moines trip planner.

Phoenix to Des Moines is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Des Moines is 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in May, you will find days in Des Moines are cooler (73°F), and nights are little chillier (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pella, Ames, Valley Junction, High Trestle Trail, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Salisbury House ©
Salisbury House
Living History Farms ©
Living History Farms
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

6
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Tonto National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch (in Gilbert), Lake Pleasant Regional Park (in Morristown) and Apache Junction (Superstition Mountain Museum & Lost Dutchman State Park). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Apache Trail Scenic Drive, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piestewa Peak, have fun and explore at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip builder tool .

Fly from Des Moines to Phoenix in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Des Moines to Phoenix, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in May; daily highs in Phoenix reach 93°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Apache Junction, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Apache Trail Scenic Drive, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Highlights from your plan
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch ©
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
Tonto National Monument ©
Tonto National Monument
Desert Caballeros Western Museum ©

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