Here are 5 warm-weather vacations with direct flights from Des Moines

Here are 5 warm-weather vacations with direct flights from Des Moines

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Looking for a quick trip to escape the cold Iowa weather? We’ve got you covered.

WalletHub recently released its list of the best winter vacation destinations, comparing 69 of the largest cities in the United States. The rankings focused on factors such as cost, ease of travel, attractions, weather and safety.

Here are five of the best warm-weather destinations that have direct flights from Des Moines.

3. Austin, Texas

According to Visit Austin, the city has entertainment, art, vibrant culture, inspiring cuisine, and an amazing outdoor experience. Being the live music capital of the world, there is always something happening in Austin.

sincere: Round trip for $99, December 3-7

4. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Texas Happens says the Dallas-Fort Worth area has a lively nightlife, parks, lakes, camping and more. Whether you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards, Six Flags Over Texas, or the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the city boasts a promising experience.

American Airlines: Round trip for $357, December 9-12

8. Houston, Texas

Visit Houston claims that the city has appeal for any niche and unique cultural experiences. Options include the Space Center in Houston and the largest fine arts museum in the Southwest.

sincere (William P. Hobby Airport): $80 roundtrip, Dec. 3-7; Direct flights to George Bush Intercontinental Airport are also available on United.

9. Phoenix, Arizona

A visit to Phoenix features the city’s perpetual sunshine, peaceful desert parks, museums, and award-winning restaurants. Attractions include Camelback Mountain, the Phoenix Zoo, the Heard Museum, which showcases American Indian art, and more.

American Airlines (Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport): $374 roundtrip, December 9-12; Direct flights to Sky Harbor on the border, Southwest and to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport are also available on Allegiant.

17. Miami, Florida

Miami is famous for its beaches, and visiting Florida is one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. Take your pick from South Beach nightlife, explore Everglades National Parks, visit popular neighborhoods like Little Havana and more.

American Airlines: Round trip for $369, December 9-12

Editor’s note: Flight prices were accurate as of November 20, 2023, but are subject to change.

Victoria Reyna Rodriguez is a general assignment reporter at the Des Moines Register. You can reach her at or follow her on Twitter @VictoriaReynaR.

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