15 days in Cincinnati, Seattle & Iowa Itinerary

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— 4 nights
— 5 nights
Des Moines
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


Cincinnati — 4 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dayton (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery & National Museum of the US Air Force), Hawthorn Hill (in Oakwood (Montgomery County)) and Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm (in Georgetown). There's much more to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cincinnati online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cincinnati. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Seattle.
Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Side Trips

Seattle — 5 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, kick back and relax at Alki Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cincinnati to Seattle by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Seattle. When traveling from Cincinnati in July, plan for slightly colder days in Seattle, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Des Moines.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
Side Trip

Des Moines — 3 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Explore Des Moines' surroundings by going to Raccoon River Valley Trail (in Jefferson) and Brenton Arboretum (in Dallas Center). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, take a peaceful walk through Walnut Woods State Park, stroll through Clive Greenbelt Trail, and hike along Brown's Woods.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Des Moines visit planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Des Moines in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Davenport.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Davenport — 2 nights

Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. On the 6th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Freight House Farmers Market, get engrossed in the history at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, then look for gifts at The Shameless Chocoholic, and finally do a tasting at Wide River Winery Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Palmer Museum of Chiropractic History, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nahant Marsh Education Center, and then stroll around Sunderbruch Park Trail.

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You can drive from Des Moines to Davenport in 3 hours. August in Davenport sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wineries
Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."