17 days in Omaha, Colorado & Lincoln Itinerary

17 days in Omaha, Colorado & Lincoln Itinerary

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17 days in Omaha, Colorado & Lincoln Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Omaha
— Few hours
Drive:  18​h 30​min
2
Castle Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Golden
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Frisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 45​min
8
Lincoln
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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Omaha

Omaha
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Omaha day trip planning app .

Chicago to Omaha is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. You'll set off for Castle Rock on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Museums Fun & Games

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Castle Rock

Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tee off at Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, hike along Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, and then explore by horseback at Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Rock Park, stroll through Mini Incline, then sample the tasty concoctions at 105 West Brewing Company, and finally browse for treasures at The Emporium.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Castle Rock vacation builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Omaha to Castle Rock. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Castle Rock. In May, Castle Rock is little chillier than Omaha - with highs of 60°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Golden.

Things to do in Castle Rock

Outdoors Parks Golf
Highlights from your plan
Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course ©
Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course
Rock Park ©
Rock Park
Mini Incline ©
Mini Incline

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Golden

Golden ©
Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
On the 29th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Fraser Tubing Hill and then get in on the family fun at Colorado Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, then get in on the family fun at Carousel of Happiness, and then admire all the interesting features of Hidee Gold Mine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Golden trip maker app .

Getting from Castle Rock to Golden by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Castle Rock in May, expect Golden to be a bit warmer, temps between 66°F and 44°F. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Golden

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fraser, Hidee Gold Mine, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Adventure Park ©
Colorado Adventure Park
Fraser Tubing Hill ©
Fraser Tubing Hill
Hidee Gold Mine ©
Hidee Gold Mine

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night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 31st (Fri), see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs vacation builder site .

Getting from Golden to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram and bus; or do a combination of tram, train, and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Climbing Tours

2
nights
Frisco

Frisco ©
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, get your game on at Tumble Bubbles, hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center. On the next day, wander the streets of Vail Valley, then go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, and then go for a stroll along the water at Frisco Bay Marina.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Frisco tour builder website .

Getting from Golden to Frisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Golden in June, you will find days in Frisco are cooler (60°F), and nights are slightly colder (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Frisco

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Vail Valley
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Room Escape Games
Frisco Bay Marina ©
Frisco Bay Marina

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, admire the local landmark of Mill Street Fountain, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen day trip site .

You can drive from Frisco to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Frisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Mill Street Fountain ©
Mill Street Fountain

3
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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Wed), look for gifts at The Choke Cherry Tree, stroll through Diamond Hitch Stables, and then admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls. On the next day, examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, trek along San Juan River Walk, and then trek along Fourmile Falls Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Pagosa Springs takes 5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls

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Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Holmes Park & Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, and then learn about winemaking at James Arthur Vineyard. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Park, experience rural life at Wessels Living History Farm, and then examine the collection at Lee's Legendary Marbles and Collectibles.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Lincoln trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Pagosa Springs to Lincoln takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pagosa Springs to Lincoln. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June: high temperatures in Lincoln hover around 86°F and lows are around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

York, James Arthur Vineyard, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
Highlights from your plan
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center ©
Wessels Living History Farm ©
Wessels Living History Farm
Wilderness Park ©
Wilderness Park

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