4 days in Des Moines, Pittsburgh & South Bend Itinerary

4 days in Des Moines, Pittsburgh & South Bend Itinerary

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Des Moines
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Pittsburgh
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South Bend
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Des Moines

— 1 day
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a splash at Adventureland, then don't miss a visit to The Temple for Performing Arts, and then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Des Moines trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Des Moines is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Des Moines is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pittsburgh

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington, get a variety of perspectives on a duck tour, and then wander the streets of Strip District. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then find something for the whole family at Kennywood Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pittsburgh journey maker.

You can fly from Des Moines to Pittsburgh in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Des Moines to Pittsburgh, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to South Bend.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

South Bend

— 1 night
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, then take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame, and finally explore the world behind art at The Snite Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our South Bend trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Pittsburgh to South Bend takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in South Bend, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites · Museums