15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Make it your trip
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Des Moines
— 3 nights
Fly
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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Watertown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aberdeen
— 1 night
Drive
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Jamestown
— 2 nights
Drive
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New Salem
— 1 night
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Des Moines

— 3 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kids will enjoy Adventureland and Brown's Woods. Get out of town with these interesting Des Moines side-trips: Pella (Klokkenspel & Vermeer Museum & Global Pavilion). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, don't miss a visit to The Temple for Performing Arts, sample the tasty concoctions at Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company, and see where the action happens at Iowa State Fairgrounds.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Des Moines driving holiday site.

Houston to Des Moines is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in July, things will get little chillier in Des Moines: highs are around 86°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 5 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nickelodeon Universe and Minnehaha Park. Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Mankato (Minneopa State Park & Sibley Park Zoo), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Crystal Cave (in Spring Valley). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Target Field, find something for the whole family at Cafesjian's Carousel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Des Moines to Minneapolis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Watertown.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Watertown

— 2 nights
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Watertown Veterans Memorial, then shop like a local with Terry Redlin Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Mellette House, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Oakwood Lakes State Park. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Bramble Park Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Watertown sightseeing planner.

Getting from Minneapolis to Watertown by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Watertown, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Watertown

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Aberdeen

— 1 night
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. On the 10th (Sat), walk around Richmond Lake Recreation Area, walk around Wylie Park, and then let little ones run wild at Storybook Land and Land of Oz.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aberdeen trip app.

Traveling by car from Watertown to Aberdeen takes 2 hours. In August in Aberdeen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks · Fun & Games

Jamestown

— 2 nights
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the views from Hi-Line Railroad Bridge / Chautauqua Park, see the interesting displays at Midland Continental Depot Transport Museum, then examine the collection at Stutsman County Memorial Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Frontier Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint James Basilica, examine the collection at National Buffalo Museum, then examine the collection at Barnes County Historical Society, and finally cruise along Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jamestown online vacation planner.

You can drive from Aberdeen to Jamestown in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Jamestown can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Salem.

Things to do in Jamestown

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Salem

— 1 night
New Salem is a city in Morton County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Salem Sue.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Salem travel planner.

Drive from Jamestown to New Salem in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.