9 days in Des Moines, Omaha & Gering Itinerary

9 days in Des Moines, Omaha & Gering Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Fly to Western Neb. Rgnl/William B. Heilig Airport, Drive to Gering
— 2 nights
Drive to Western Neb. Rgnl/William B. Heilig Airport, Fly to Tucson


Des Moines — 3 nights

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt and Clive Greenbelt Trail. Step out of Des Moines to go to Prairie City and see Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, stop by East Village, take in the views from High Trestle Trail Bridge, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Des Moines vacation planner.

Tucson to Des Moines is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tucson in June, with highs in Des Moines at 84°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Omaha.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Omaha — 3 nights

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Market and St. Cecilia's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, identify plant and animal life at Hitchcock Nature Center, and take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Omaha attractions website.

Getting from Des Moines to Omaha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Gering.
Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Gering — 2 nights

Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Scotts Bluff National Monument.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Omaha to Gering. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Omaha in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Gering, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Iowa travel guide

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."

Nebraska travel guide

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.