39 days in Sarasota, Des Moines & San Diego Itinerary

39 days in Sarasota, Des Moines & San Diego Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sarasota
— 10 nights
2
Des Moines
— 12 nights
3
San Diego
— 15 nights

10
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarasota: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (in Tampa), Clearwater Beach (in Clearwater) and The Dali Museum (in St. Petersburg). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Thu) at Legoland Florida Resort. There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for all kinds of wild species at Myakka River State Park, make a trip to Sarasota National Cemetery, and stroll through Saint Pete Beach.

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

Tampa to Sarasota is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Sarasota are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Legoland Florida Resort, Siesta Beach, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Saint Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Sarasota National Cemetery ©
Sarasota National Cemetery

12
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University) and John Wayne Birthplace & Museum (in Winterset). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, contemplate the long history of Terrace Hill, and tour the pleasant surroundings at High Trestle Trail.

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 °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ames, High Trestle Trail, Adventureland, Paragon Prairie Tower, John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Reiman Gardens ©
Reiman Gardens

15
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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 plan 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 °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Star Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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