8 days in Des Moines & Alabama's Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Des Moines & Alabama's Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Mobile
— 2 nights
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Gulf Shores
— 4 nights
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Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at High Trestle Trail, then take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens, and then stroll around Gray's Lake Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, and then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Des Moines day trip website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Des Moines. In April, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mobile.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Mobile

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Dauphin Street, browse the exhibits of Battleship USS ALABAMA, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, observe the fascinating underwater world at Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Gaines.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Mobile travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Des Moines to Mobile takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in April, expect Mobile to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Mobile

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gulf Shores

— 4 nights
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gulf Shores: FORT MORGAN HISTORIC SITE (in Fort Morgan) and Alligator Alley (in Summerdale). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park, take in the waterfront activity at The Wharf, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the waterfront at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gulf Shores online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mobile to Gulf Shores by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Gulf Shores can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips