39 days in Sarasota, Des Moines & San Diego Itinerary

39 days in Sarasota, Des Moines & San Diego Itinerary

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Sarasota
— 10 nights
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Des Moines
— 12 nights
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San Diego
— 15 nights
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Sarasota

— 10 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarasota: Clearwater Beach (in Clearwater), The Dali Museum (in St. Petersburg) and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (in Tampa). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, make a trip to Sarasota National Cemetery, and shop like a local with St. Armands Circle.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sarasota tour planner.

Tampa to Sarasota is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Sarasota are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Des Moines.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 12 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Venture out of the city with trips to John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset) and Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, admire all the interesting features of High Trestle Trail Bridge, sample the tasty concoctions at Peace Tree Brewing Company - Des Moines Branch, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip planning site.

Getting from Sarasota to Des Moines by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sarasota in November, things will get cooler in Des Moines: highs are around 51°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

San Diego

— 15 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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Balboa Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Des Moines to San Diego by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Des Moines to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in December, expect San Diego to be warmer, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip