Wow ... there are lots of choices for routes from Phoenix to Des Moines.
- Grand Canyon, Page, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Colorado Rockies, Denver, Lincoln
- Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, Old Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Air Force Academy, Eisenhower Library
- Tucson, White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Palo Duro Canyon, Oklahoma City Memorial, Harry Truman Presidential Library
These are three of the routes I have taken ... there are many more ... I live in Wisconsin and we winter in southwest AZ ... I have travelled between here and there about 20 times ... I have probably travelled more than 15 different routes ... we still have not seen all the sights between here and there
I would suggest you take one route going and a different one returning ...
What will strike you is what a great country this is .... and all the wonderful things to see and do ...