9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
1
Des Moines
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Albuquerque
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Des Moines


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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll through Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market, and then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Des Moines. In September in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Trails Wildlife Outdoors

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Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
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Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt ©
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and finally learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque itinerary tool .

Getting from Des Moines to Albuquerque by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Honshin Fine Art, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally trek along West Fork Oak Creek Trail. On your second day here, wander the streets of Historic Old Town Cottonwood, hike along Boynton Canyon Trail, and then trek along Broken Arrow Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona online trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Albuquerque to Sedona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Historic Old Town Cottonwood
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Red Rock State Park ©
Red Rock State Park
Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail
West Fork Oak Creek Trail ©
West Fork Oak Creek Trail

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hike along South Kaibab Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then trek along Rim Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sedona in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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night
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Wilson's Arch and then head off-road at local off-road trails. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Lions Park, then hike along Windows, and then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Moab road trip website .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Moab at 84°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Arches National Park
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Wilson's Arch ©
Wilson's Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Off-Road & ATV Trails

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by car from Moab to Buena Vista takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Moab in October; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 62°F and lows reach 31°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Climbing Tours

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