8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
train:  30​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Des Moines
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Omaha
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the New York City travel planner.

Newark to New York City is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 28th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, then admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Des Moines attractions planner.

Getting from Chicago to Des Moines by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Tours Parks Trails

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
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Food Tours
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

1
night
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): have fun at TD Ameritrade Park, snap pictures at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally have fun at Take Aim Indoor Shooting Sports & Training Facility.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Omaha trip planner .

Take a bus from Des Moines to Omaha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Omaha

Fun & Games Parks Nightlife

Side Trip

Take Aim Indoor Shooting Sports & Training Facility
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TD Ameritrade Park ©
TD Ameritrade Park
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge ©
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip site .

Getting from Omaha to Denver by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Omaha to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 58°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours
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Beer Tastings & Tours

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