8 days in Omaha, Des Moines & Kansas City Itinerary

8 days in Omaha, Des Moines & Kansas City Itinerary

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Omaha
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
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Kansas City
— 3 nights

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Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the activities along Prairie Queen Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters, then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market, then get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, and finally look for gifts at Old Market Candy Shop.

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Lincoln to Omaha is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanesville Tabernacle, Prairie Queen Recreation Area
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Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Old Market ©
Old Market
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo and then get in on the family fun at Adventureland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then don't miss a visit to The Temple for Performing Arts, and finally walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

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You can drive from Omaha to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Adventureland
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden ©
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum, then learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, then get your game on at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing.

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Drive from Des Moines to Kansas City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blade & Timber Axe Throwing, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
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National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum