With some long holiday weekends on the horizon, people have asked for thoughts on low budget USA trips. With that in mind, here is a holiday weekend itinerary I used in 2013 if you want to consider travel to Iowa and Nebraska. Remember, just because you have an itinerary doesn’t mean you have to keep to it. But I like having a plan just in case I’m not feeling spontaneous on a given day.
Arrive Des Moines, Iowa; Pick up rental car
Iowa State Capitol, 1007 East Grand Ave. (9th & Grand, tours on half hr to 2:30)
Des Moines Art Center (11-4 and free) at 4700 Grand Avenue
PapaJohn Sculpture Park, at 13th and Grand Avenue
University lecture 8pm
Des Moines Lodging
State History Museum (9-4:30 and free)
Option: Salisbury House,4025 Tonawanda Drive, (515) 274-1777 tours 11 & 1:30 $12
Drive to Omaha, Nebraska (2-2.5 HOURS)
Joslyn Art Museum (10-4 and free) northeast parking garden is free,
General Crook’s House (10-4 and $5.00)
Local live theater, Appolon 7:30pm
Durham Western Heritage Museum at 801 South 10th Street (W-Sat 10-5, $9)
Drive to Council Bluffs (20 minutes) for Grenville Dodge House, 10-5 tours on hour $7.
Drive to Lincoln, Nebraska (1.25 hours from Council Bluffs)
Museum of Nebraska History (Sat/Sun: 1-4:30 and $2.00)
Sheldon Museum of Art at the university, free, Sat 10-5
AM Walk – Haymarket historical district
Drive to Kearney (2 hours away; lv around 10AM)
Archway Historical Monument, open 12-5 on SUN, Mon-Sat 9-5; cost: $12)
Nebraska Museum of Art at Univ of NE in Kearney (FREE, SUN open 1-5, T-Sat 11-5, clsd Mon)
Return Drive to Lincoln (2 hours away), drive CornHusker Hwy a bit
Nebraska State capitol bldg., 1445 K Street, 9am tour (35 min)m open at 8:00 a.m.
Univ. of Nebraska State Museum–Lincoln (Natural History) opens at 9:30am
Drive to Omaha, Nebraska (one hour)
AM— Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha
Drive to Des Moines, Iowa (2-2.5 hours)
DES MOINES Primate Learning Sanctuary
Airport, return rental car
“Two days is not enough time for a weekend.” –unknown
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