32 days in Iowa, Kansas & Nebraska Itinerary

32 days in Iowa, Kansas & Nebraska Itinerary

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32 days in Iowa, Kansas & Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  25​h
1
Des Moines
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cedar Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Overland Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Topeka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Wichita
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Dodge City
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Lincoln
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Omaha
— 7 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Manila, Luzon

4
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Ames (Reiman Gardens & Iowa State University), Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa (in Madrid) and Mason City (Stockman House Museum, Historic Park Inn Hotel, & more). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, explore the world behind art at Des Moines Art Center, stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and stroll through High Trestle Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines tour planner .

Manila, Philippines to Des Moines is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Manila in December, with highs in Des Moines at 3°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Mason City, Ames, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel

3
nights
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Explore Cedar Rapids' surroundings by going to Dubuque (Fenelon Place Elevator Co., National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, & more), National Motorcycle Museum (in Anamosa) and Iowa 80 Trucking Museum (in Walcott). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Fun Valley Ski Area, don't miss a visit to Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and experience rural life at Allen's Apple Orchard.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cedar Rapids route maker website .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Overland Park.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Dubuque, Allen's Apple Orchard, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, A J's Copper Garden, National Motorcycle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum ©
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

3
nights
Overland Park

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. Overland Park is known for fun & games, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, examine the collection at Cabela's, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and join the crowd at Kansas Speedway.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Overland Park trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Overland Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Overland Park

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kansas City, Blade & Timber Axe Throwing
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead ©
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Blade & Timber Axe Throwing ©
Blade & Timber Axe Throwing

3
nights
Topeka

Topeka ©
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum (in Abilene) and Massachusetts Street (in Lawrence). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Evel Knievel Museum, get your game on at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Lawrence, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and explore the striking landscape of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Topeka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Overland Park to Topeka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Topeka can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Wichita.

Things to do in Topeka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lawrence, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Evel Knievel Museum ©
Evel Knievel Museum
Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum ©

4
nights
Wichita

Wichita ©
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Hutchinson (Cosmosphere & Strataca) and Safari Zoological Park (in Caney). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Sedgwick County Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Wichita, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and examine the collection at Museum of World Treasures.

Plan trip to Wichita with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Topeka to Wichita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Wichita can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Dodge City.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hutchinson, Safari Zoological Park
Highlights from your plan
Safari Zoological Park ©
Safari Zoological Park
Sedgwick County Zoo ©
Sedgwick County Zoo
Nifty Nut House ©
Nifty Nut House

3
nights
Dodge City

Dodge City ©
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dodge City: Finney County Historical Museum (in Garden City), Fort Larned National Historic Site (in Larned) and Heartland Farm (in Great Bend). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Boot Hill Museum, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Trail Tracks, and examine the collection at Mid-America Air Museum.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dodge City road trip planning site .

Getting from Wichita to Dodge City by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Dodge City

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Finney County Historical Museum, Fort Larned National Historic Site, Stauth Memorial Museum, Heartland Farm, Mid-America Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Boot Hill Museum ©
Boot Hill Museum
Fort Larned National Historic Site ©
The Big Well ©
The Big Well

3
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Lincoln is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, childrens museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of American Speed, have some family-friendly fun at Craft Axe Throwing- Lincoln, take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens, and learn about winemaking at Deer Springs Winery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lincoln day trip website .

Drive from Dodge City to Lincoln in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dodge City in January, with highs in Lincoln at 2°C and lows at -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Nebraska State Capitol ©
Nebraska State Capitol
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens

7
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Omaha: Siouxland Freedom Park (in South Sioux City) and Sioux City (Spirit of Siouxland Statue, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, & more). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Henry Doorly Zoo, try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, see the interesting displays at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and have fun and explore at Omaha Children's Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Omaha route planner.

Getting from Lincoln to Omaha by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Siouxland Freedom Park
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Old Market ©
Old Market

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