14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Larkspur
— 1 night
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Des Moines

— 3 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Salisbury House and Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Capitol Building and Snus Hill Vineyard and Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Iowa Speedway in Newton (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see where the action happens at Wells Fargo Arena, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Firetrucker Brewery, learn about winemaking at Summerset Winery, and have some family-friendly fun at Escape Chambers.

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Washington DC to Des Moines is an approximately 17-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Des Moines when traveling from Washington DC in May, with lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nashville.

Things to do in Des Moines

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's of the Seven Sorrow Catholic Church, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Nashville takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Des Moines in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Chattanooga

— 1 night

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bluff View Art District, witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and then sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. May in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala and Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Windansea Beach and Del Mar City Beach. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Mission Beach Boardwalk, try your luck at Del Mar Race Track, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Societe Brewing Company.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego route planning app.

You can drive from Chattanooga to San Diego in 34 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Chattanooga to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chattanooga in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Larkspur.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Larkspur

— 1 night
Larkspur is a city in Marin County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Cataract Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Phoenix Lake, and then look for gifts at Book Passage.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Larkspur attractions planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Diego to Larkspur. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in May since evenings lows in Larkspur dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Larkspur

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.