5 days in Nebraska & Des Moines Itinerary

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Lincoln
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Kearney
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Omaha
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Des Moines
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Lincoln — 1 day

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. On the 3rd (Fri), look for gifts at Licorice International, then have fun and explore at Lincoln Children's Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Nebraska State Capitol, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lincoln trip planning website.

Philadelphia to Lincoln is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia to Lincoln, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lincoln, with lows around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kearney.
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Kearney — 1 night

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, then see the interesting displays at Classic Car Collection, then identify plant and animal life at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at Stagecoach.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kearney online day trip planner.

You can drive from Lincoln to Kearney in 2 hours. In March in Kearney, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Omaha.
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Omaha — 1 night

Gateway to the West

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 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Czech and Slovak Educational Center and Cultural Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Omaha online trip builder.

Drive from Kearney to Omaha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. March in Omaha sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 1 night

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 6th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo, and then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Omaha to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Des Moines are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Nebraska travel guide

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The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.
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