7 days in Kansas, Iowa & Nebraska Itinerary

7 days in Kansas, Iowa & Nebraska Itinerary

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Wichita
Drive
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Topeka
— 1 night
Drive
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Pella
— 1 night
Drive
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Mason City
— 1 night
Drive
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Winterset
— 1 night
Drive
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Omaha
— 2 nights
Fly to Western Neb. Rgnl/William B. Heilig Airport, Drive to Gering
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Gering
Drive to Western Neb. Rgnl/William B. Heilig Airport, Fly to San Antonio

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Wichita

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wichita online road trip planner.

Deadwood to Wichita is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, Wichita is somewhat warmer than Deadwood - with highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F. You will leave for Topeka on the 10th (Tue).
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Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Nightlife

Topeka — 1 night

Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ward-Meade Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Topeka online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Wichita to Topeka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pella.
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Pella — 1 night

Pella is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States, with a population of 10,352 at the time of the 2010 census. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Klokkenspel, steep yourself in history at Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, and then admire the striking features of Scholte House Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pella online attractions planner.

You can drive from Topeka to Pella in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daily temperatures in Pella can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mason City.
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Mason City — 1 night

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square, then contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mason City journey app.

Traveling by car from Pella to Mason City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Mason City sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Winterset.
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Winterset — 1 night

Winterset is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, then snap pictures at Hogback Covered Bridge, and then contemplate the long history of Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Winterset trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Mason City to Winterset in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mason City in May, Winterset is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Omaha.
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Omaha — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): snap pictures at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, and then get to know the resident critters at Henry Doorly Zoo.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Omaha travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Winterset to Omaha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Omaha sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gering.
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Gering

Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Monument Valley Pathway.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gering trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Omaha to Gering with the Route module. Traveling from Omaha to Gering, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Omaha in May: high temperatures in Gering hover around 69°F and lows are around 43°F. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Kansas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.
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Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."
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Nebraska travel guide

4.6
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.
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