8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Des Moines
— Few hours
Bus:  3 h
2
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Omaha
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Fargo
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to The Temple for Performing Arts and then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines trip builder.

Washington DC to Des Moines is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Des Moines is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Des Moines, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Kansas City.
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Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, then have fun and explore at Kaleidoscope, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Kansas City trip planner.

You can take a bus from Des Moines to Kansas City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Independence
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National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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night
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Omaha day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kansas City to Omaha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Kansas City in July, Omaha is little chillier at night with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Omaha

Nightlife Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Horseshoe Council Bluffs
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Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Old Market ©
Old Market

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night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, stroll around Falls Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Omaha to Sioux Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Omaha in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sioux Falls, with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fargo.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. On the 30th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, then tee off at Edgewood Golf, then identify plant and animal life at Bluestem Prairie Preserve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fargo trip maker site.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Fargo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Fargo, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Fargo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Moorhead
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nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum, then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game, and then browse the different shops at Mall of America. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then get your game on at FlyOver America, then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis travel route website.

You can fly from Fargo to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bloomington
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

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