5 days in Nebraska & Iowa Itinerary

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Omaha — 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Take a break from Omaha with a short trip to Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market, take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Omaha tour planner.

Philadelphia to Omaha is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia to Omaha, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Kearney.
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Kearney — 1 night

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. On the 6th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary, and then admire the majestic nature at Fort Kearny State Historical Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kearney tour planner.

You can drive from Omaha to Kearney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, then take an in-depth tour of State Historical Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip planner.

You can drive from Kearney to Des Moines in 5 hours. When traveling from Kearney in March, plan for little chillier days in Des Moines, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly 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.

Iowa travel guide

The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."