13 days in Southernmost Illinois & Omaha Itinerary

13 days in Southernmost Illinois & Omaha Itinerary

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13 days in Southernmost Illinois & Omaha Itinerary

Start: Belleville
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Carbondale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Metropolis
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Omaha
— 7 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Belleville

2
nights
Carbondale

Carbondale ©
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt." The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carbondale: Bald Knob Cross of Peace (in Alto Pass) and Rent One Park (in Marion). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Boo Rochman Memorial Park, do a tasting at Owl Creek Vineyard, admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park, and stop by Rendleman Orchards.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carbondale journey planning website .

Belleville to Carbondale is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Metropolis.

Things to do in Carbondale

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Alto Pass, Cobden, Makanda, Marion
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Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Boo Rochman Memorial Park ©
Boo Rochman Memorial Park
Blue Sky Vineyard ©
Blue Sky Vineyard

3
nights
Metropolis

Metropolis ©
Metropolis is a city located along the Ohio River in Massac County, Illinois, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Metropolis side-trips: Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg), The Chocolate Factory (in Golconda) and Cave-in-Rock State Park (in Cave in Rock). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Superman Statue, admire the majestic nature at Fort Massac State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Cache River State Natural Area, and see the interesting displays at Super Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Metropolis trip planning app .

You can drive from Carbondale to Metropolis in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Metropolis

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cache River State Natural Area, The Chocolate Factory, Garden of the Gods, Cave-in-Rock State Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Superman Statue ©
Superman Statue
Super Museum ©
Super Museum

7
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Lincoln (Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial, Sunken Gardens, & more), Winterset (Iowa Quilt Museum & John Wayne Birthplace & Museum) and Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (in Ashland). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Henry Doorly Zoo, try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Omaha trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Metropolis to Omaha with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lincoln, Council Bluffs, Winterset, Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
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Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge ©
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum