14 days in Nebraska, Anchorage & Carlisle Itinerary

14 days in Nebraska, Anchorage & Carlisle Itinerary

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Omaha
— 3 nights
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Anchorage
— 7 nights
Fly to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Drive to Carlisle
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Carlisle
— 3 nights
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Omaha

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Henry Doorly Zoo and Museum of American Speed. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Omaha: Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari (in Ashland) and Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial (in Lincoln). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, contemplate the long history of Father Flanagan's Historic House, explore the world behind art at Joslyn Art Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Prairie Queen Recreation Area.

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Washington DC to Omaha is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC to Omaha, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Omaha, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 7 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Family-friendly places like Kincaid Park and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center will thrill your kids. Spend the 15th (Sat) on the rails with a train tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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You can fly from Omaha to Anchorage in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Omaha in May; daily highs in Anchorage reach 59°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carlisle.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Carlisle

— 3 nights
Carlisle is a borough and the county seat of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Attractions like Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Carlisle side-trips: Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery, Horseback Riding Tours, &more) and National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (in Emmitsburg). It doesn't end there: learn about all things military at United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlisle driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Anchorage to Carlisle. The time zone difference when traveling from Anchorage to Carlisle is 4 hours. In May, Carlisle is a bit warmer than Anchorage - with highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlisle

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Nebraska travel guide

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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.