8 days in Des Moines, Little Rock & Detroit Itinerary

8 days in Des Moines, Little Rock & Detroit Itinerary

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8 days in Des Moines, Little Rock & Detroit Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Little Rock
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Detroit
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 16th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Iowa State University, and then admire all the interesting features of Principal Park.

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Boston to Des Moines is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Little Rock.

Things to do in Des Moines

#Parks, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Winterset, Ames
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Reiman Gardens ©
Reiman Gardens
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum ©
John Wayne Birthplace & Museum
Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market

1
night
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
On the 19th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Old State House Museum, see the interesting displays at Heifer Village (Heifer International), then admire the landmark architecture of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Arkansas State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Esse Purse Museum, then get curious at Museum Of Discovery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Arkansas River Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Little Rock trip planner .

You can fly from Des Moines to Little Rock in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in July, you will find days in Little Rock are a bit warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Little Rock

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Trails

Side Trip

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
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Arkansas State Capitol ©
Arkansas State Capitol
Museum Of Discovery ©
Museum Of Discovery

2
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Explore hidden gems such as South Bass Island and Room Escape Games. Take a break from Detroit with a short trip to Put-in-Bay Winery in Put in Bay, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, browse the exhibits of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and head off the coast to Belle Isle Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Little Rock to Detroit takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Little Rock to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Little Rock in July; daily highs in Detroit reach 82°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Dearborn, Put in Bay
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
South Bass Island ©
South Bass Island
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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