10 days in Midwest, Arkansas & Oklahoma Itinerary

10 days in Midwest, Arkansas & Oklahoma Itinerary

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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Drive
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Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive
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Omaha
— 1 night
Drive
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Topeka
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lake Ozark
— 1 night
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulsa
— 1 night
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Fayetteville
— Few hours
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Minneapolis

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip planner.

Durham to Minneapolis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Durham in November, with highs in Minneapolis at 43°F and lows at 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines journey planner.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Des Moines in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Minneapolis in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Des Moines: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Historic Sites

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Omaha

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Omaha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Omaha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Omaha

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Topeka

Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Topeka online attractions planner.

Drive from Omaha to Topeka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Topeka can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Topeka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Saint Louis

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis travel route planner.

Drive from Topeka to Saint Louis in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. November in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 35°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Lake Ozark.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Lake Ozark

Lake Ozark is a city in Camden and Miller counties in the U.S. On the 1st (Tue), admire the engineering at Bagnell Dam.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lake Ozark using our trip planner.

Drive from Saint Louis to Lake Ozark in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 27°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Lake Ozark

Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Hot Springs

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel, then explore the striking landscape of Hot Springs National Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs journey maker website.

You can drive from Lake Ozark to Hot Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lake Ozark in December, with highs in Hot Springs at 55°F and lows at 37°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tulsa.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Tulsa

Buckle of the Bible Belt

Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Route 66 Historical Village, let the kids burn off some steam at Gathering Place, then don't miss a visit to Center of the Universe, then don't miss a visit to The Cave House, and finally see where the action happens at BOK Center.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Tulsa online holiday planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Tulsa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in December, expect little chillier with lows of 32°F in Tulsa. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Tulsa

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Fayetteville

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fayetteville trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Tulsa to Fayetteville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fayetteville can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
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."

Nebraska travel guide

4.5
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
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.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

Oklahoma travel guide

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Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.