20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Omaha
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wichita
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

2
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 28th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at Omaha Children's Museum, and then enjoy some diversion at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, and then experience rural life at Vala's Pumpkin Patch.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Omaha vacation trip planner.

Kansas City to Omaha is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in August; daily highs in Omaha reach 84°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Ashland, Vala's Pumpkin Patch
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The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum
Omaha Children's Museum ©
Omaha Children's Museum

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get a sense of the local culture at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Museum of Geology. Bring the kids along to Storybook Island and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Go for a jaunt from Rapid City to Keystone to see Mount Rushmore National Memorial about 34 minutes away. Pack the 1st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area, take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co & Galleries, explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel In the Hills.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rapid City tour planner.

Fly from Omaha to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Omaha in August since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Keystone
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Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

2
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Tunnel Drive, then don't miss a visit to Bishop Castle, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Canon City vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rapid City to Canon City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in September, you will find days in Canon City are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Trails

Side Trip

Bishop Castle
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Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Helen Hunt Falls and Manitou Springs Incline. Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Mueller State Park (in Divide) and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (in Florissant). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, hike along Pikes Peak, learn about all things military at National Museum-World War II Aviation, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Divide, Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

4
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Flatirons and Roxborough State Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and Molly Brown House Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Idaho Springs (Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel & St Mary's Glacier) and Evergreen Lake (in Evergreen). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain and get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation builder.

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Golden, Idaho Springs, Evergreen Lake, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Roxborough State Park
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Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park

3
nights
Wichita

Wichita ©
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cosmosphere and Rolling Hills Zoo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum and Old Cowtown Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Heritage Center (in Abilene), Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (in Strong City) and Strataca (in Hutchinson). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of World Treasures and make a trip to The Keeper of the Plains.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Wichita online itinerary creator.

Fly from Denver to Wichita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Denver in September since evenings lows in Wichita dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Abilene, Hutchinson, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Rolling Hills Zoo
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Strataca ©
Strataca
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve ©

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