9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 1 day
— 1 night
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Fly to Phoenix, Bus to Flagstaff
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Des Moines

— 1 day
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): engage your brain at Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater, then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then contemplate the long history of Salisbury House, and finally don't miss a visit to The Temple for Performing Arts.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Des Moines day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Des Moines. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Des Moines

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums


— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Des Moines to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Des Moines in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Denver, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Grand Junction

— 1 night
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): engage your brain at John McConnell Math and Science Center, hike along Canyon View Park, then engage your brain at Children's Nature Center, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Body Therapeutics Medical Massage.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Junction vacation planning website.

You can fly from Denver to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Grand Junction can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Outdoors


— 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Walnut Canyon National Monument and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock.

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Getting from Grand Junction to Flagstaff by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Grand Junction in March since evenings lows in Flagstaff dip to 25°F. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Phoenix.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip


— 3 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Kids will appreciate attractions like Desert Botanical Garden and Musical Instrument Museum. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, trek along Shaw Butte Trailhead, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and admire the landmark architecture of David & Gladys Wright House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Phoenix tour builder tool.

You can drive from Flagstaff to Phoenix in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Flagstaff in March, with highs in Phoenix at 82°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.