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The Historic Mormon Trail via Casper (Self Drive)
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
Discover The Mormon Trail across five states. Visit in Illinois; Springfield; then, continue to Iowa with a visit to Des Moines (well known for the State Capitol, the Science Center of Iowa, John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and other tourist attractions). Continue in Nebraska with a stays in Omaha, Grand Island (with diverse nature centres for trails, a butterfly garden and blinds for viewing migrating sand hill cranes) and Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock. In Wyoming, discover Casper and Point of Rocks (Stage Station Historic Site) . Finally visit,Salt Lake City (young and dynamic city, home to natural, historic, and religious attractions, along with nearby skii16ng and mountain-based adventures) in Utah. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 14 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Bloomington (BMI, IL) and out of Salt Lake City, UT
  • Rental Car for 15 days
  • Pick Up: Blomington Gateway Airport/Drop Off: Salt Lake City Gateway Airport
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Springfield, IL
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Des Moines, IA
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Omaha, NE
  • Hotel for 1 nights in Grand Island, NE
  • Hotel for 1 nights in Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Casper, WY
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Point of Rocks, WY
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Driving Time
    Springfield–Des Moines: 5 hr 6 min approx.
    Des Moines–Omaha: 2 hrs approx.
    Omaha– Grand Island: 2 hrs 15 mins approx.
    Grand Island– Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock: 4hrs 53 mins approx.
    Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock– Casper: 2 hr 47 mins approx.
    Casper- Point of Rocks: 3 hr. 2 mins. approx.
    Point of Rocks- Salt Lake City: 3 hrs 12 mins. approx.


Related Cities:
Salt Lake City, UT (7)     Grand Island, NE (8)     Des Moines, IA (8)     Omaha, NE (9)     Springfield, IL (3)     Bloomington, IL (2)     Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE (6)     Casper, WY (9)     Point of Rocks, WY (4)    
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1. Springfield, IL
  21 hotels
2. Des Moines, IA
   (93 hotels)
3. Omaha, NE
   (60 hotels)
4. Grand Island, NE
   (12 hotels)
5. Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE
   (10 hotels)
6. Casper, WY
   (15 hotels)
7. Point of Rocks, WY
   (15 hotels)
8. Salt Lake City, UT
   (38 hotels)
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2 nights in Springfield, IL

Springfield is the state capital of Illinois. Downtown, the interior of Illinois State Capitol's large dome is decorated with stained glass and statues of historical figures. The 1904 Dana-Thomas House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum traces the life of the 16th U.S. president. Lincoln's restored home is nearby. North, the Lincoln Tomb lies in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Lincoln Home, Illinois State Museum, Dana Thomas House, Old State Capitol, Henson Robinson Zoo, Knights Action Park, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and much more.



2 nights in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa. The gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building is among the 19th- and early-20th-century landmarks of the East Village area. The Des Moines Art Center is noted for its contemporary collections and Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Local produce and live music are draws at the Downtown Farmers' Market. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has outdoor plant displays and a geodesic dome.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Des Moines Art Center, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa State Capitol, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Living History Farms, Gray's Lake, Science Center of Iowa and Blank IMAX Dome Theater and much more.



2 nights in Omaha, NE

Omaha is home to some fantastic sights and attractions including Omaha`s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, one of the largest and most highly accredited zoos in the world. The city is brimming with exciting museums such as the Children`s Museum and The Durham Museum. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge spans for 3,000 feet over the massive Missouri River allowing visitors to walk between two states. The Reuben sandwich was invented in Omaha at the Blackstone Hotel, the city is now one of the top dining destinations in the country. The historic paved streets of the Old Market district are fascinating to walk along and uncover vibrant galleries, quaint boutiques, and excellent restaurants serving up Omaha steaks.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Omaha Zoo, The Durham Museum, Old Market District, Wildlife Safari Park, Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, Joslyn Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, Lauritzen Gardens, and so much more!



1 nights in Grand Island, NE

Grand Island is located in central Nebraska, also known as La Grand Isle it is the largest inland island in the entire world. The fourth-largest city in Nebraska boasts wide-open golden prairies, colorful wildflowers spread throughout the verdant meadows and farmlands. A sophisticated town featuring noteworthy museums such as the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, and the Tri-City Model Railroad Association filled with fascinating exhibits. See the fascinating sights of the `Nebraska Flyway` with over 500,000 sandhill cranes that settle on a sandbar near the island.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Saint Paul Historical Village, Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball, Edgerton Explorit Center, Morman Island State Recreation Area, Children`s Museum of Central Nebraska, and so much more!



1 nights in Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE

Scottsbluff is a stop along a number of pioneer trails in the 19th century, such as the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the Pony Express mail service. Many sights associated with this era are located within an hour`s drive of town, the most notable of these being two dramatic rock formations: Scotts Bluff, from which the town was named, and Chimney Rock, which are both national monuments and historic sites.


Recommended Stay: At least 1 night
Must See`s:
Scotts Bluff National Monument, Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Riverside Discovery Center, Legacy of the Plains Museum, North Overlook, Fort Mitchell, Mitchell Pass, Dome Rock, South Bluff, Robidoux Pass, Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Ash Hollow, Windlass Hill, and so much more!



2 nights in Casper, WY

Located in the heart of the Cowboy State, Casper is a hub of fun and adventure. With amazing landscapes to explore like Casper Mountain, the legendary North Platte River, Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park, Fremont Canyon’s stunning rock walls and miles upon miles of multi-use trails, you can get your fill of the great outdoors in Casper. Visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, featuring dioramas and hands-on displays that evoke the journeys of 1800s pioneers, enjoy contemporary art at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, visit Fort Casper - a reconstructed 1865 military post, or drive south to Casper Mountain with its scenic views and ski slopes.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Fort Caspar, Casper Mountain, Rotary Park.



2 nights in Point of Rocks, WY

Point of Rocks, frequently referred to as the `Almond Stage Station` or `Rock Point,` was originally built to accommodate travelers on the Overland State in the early 1860s. Visitors to Point of Rocks can find the remnants of the original Almond Stage Station built in 1862. The town has seen a fascinating transformation from dusty trailtown, to railroad stop, to coal-mining mecca, to modern-day attraction. This is also a fantastic gateway to the beautiful Green River and Flaming Gorge National Park, both recreational hotspots that attract thrill-seekers and nature-lovers alike.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Almond Stage Station, and Gateway to the Green River and Flaming Gorge National Area.



2 nights in Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City is an urban gem of the mountain west. Set in an incomparable backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains and home to `The Greatest Snow On Earth`, Salt Lake City stands out as a thriving hub of business, culture, innovation, and an inherently industrious spirit. With proximity to 5 National Parks, skiing, and outdoor activities so close to an international airport and a metropolitan city, this city is an ideal place to spend quality time.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Temple Square, the Hogle Zoo, the Red Butte Garden, the Utah State Capitol Building, the Natural History Museum of Utah, the Salt Lake Temple, the Clark Planetarium, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Tracy Aviary and Botanical Gardens and so much more!




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Springfield, IL
Day 1
Arrive to Springfield, IL
Overnight in Springfield, IL   21 hotels offered
Day 2
Overnight in Springfield, IL   21 hotels offered
Day 3
Departing from Springfield, IL
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Des Moines, IA
Day 3
Arrive to Des Moines, IA
Overnight in Des Moines, IA   93 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Des Moines, IA   93 hotels offered
Day 5
Departing from Des Moines, IA
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Omaha, NE
Day 5
Arrive to Omaha, NE
Overnight in Omaha, NE   60 hotels offered
Optional   4 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Omaha, NE   60 hotels offered
Optional   4 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Omaha, NE
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Grand Island, NE
Day 7
Arrive to Grand Island, NE
Overnight in Grand Island, NE   12 hotels offered
Day 8
Departing from Grand Island, NE
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE
Day 8
Arrive to Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE
Overnight in Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE   10 hotels offered
Day 9
Departing from Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Casper, WY
Day 9
Arrive to Casper, WY
Overnight in Casper, WY   15 hotels offered
Day 10
Overnight in Casper, WY   15 hotels offered
Day 11
Departing from Casper, WY
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Point of Rocks, WY
Day 11
Arrive to Point of Rocks, WY
Overnight in Point of Rocks, WY   15 hotels offered
Day 12
Overnight in Point of Rocks, WY   15 hotels offered
Day 13
Departing from Point of Rocks, WY
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Salt Lake City, UT
Day 13
Arrive to Salt Lake City, UT
Overnight in Salt Lake City, UT   38 hotels offered
Optional   1 Things to do
Day 14
Overnight in Salt Lake City, UT   38 hotels offered
Optional   1 Things to do
Day 15
Departing from Salt Lake City, UT

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Springfield, IL Hotels (21 total)
Des Moines, IA Hotels (93 total)
Omaha, NE Hotels (60 total)
Grand Island, NE Hotels (12 total)
Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE Hotels (10 total)
Casper, WY Hotels (15 total)
Point of Rocks, WY Hotels (15 total)
Salt Lake City, UT Hotels (38 total)


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Springfield, IL
Springfield is the state capital of Illinois. Downtown, the interior of Illinois State Capitol's large dome is decorated with stained glass and statues of historical figures. The 1904 Dana-Thomas House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum traces the life of the 16th U.S. president. Lincoln's restored home is nearby. North, the Lincoln Tomb lies in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Lincoln Home, Illinois State Museum, Dana Thomas House, Old State Capitol, Henson Robinson Zoo, Knights Action Park, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and much more.
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa. The gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building is among the 19th- and early-20th-century landmarks of the East Village area. The Des Moines Art Center is noted for its contemporary collections and Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Local produce and live music are draws at the Downtown Farmers' Market. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has outdoor plant displays and a geodesic dome.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Des Moines Art Center, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa State Capitol, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Living History Farms, Gray's Lake, Science Center of Iowa and Blank IMAX Dome Theater and much more.
Omaha, NE
Omaha is home to some fantastic sights and attractions including Omaha`s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, one of the largest and most highly accredited zoos in the world. The city is brimming with exciting museums such as the Children`s Museum and The Durham Museum. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge spans for 3,000 feet over the massive Missouri River allowing visitors to walk between two states. The Reuben sandwich was invented in Omaha at the Blackstone Hotel, the city is now one of the top dining destinations in the country. The historic paved streets of the Old Market district are fascinating to walk along and uncover vibrant galleries, quaint boutiques, and excellent restaurants serving up Omaha steaks.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Omaha Zoo, The Durham Museum, Old Market District, Wildlife Safari Park, Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, Joslyn Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, Lauritzen Gardens, and so much more!
Grand Island, NE
Grand Island is located in central Nebraska, also known as La Grand Isle it is the largest inland island in the entire world. The fourth-largest city in Nebraska boasts wide-open golden prairies, colorful wildflowers spread throughout the verdant meadows and farmlands. A sophisticated town featuring noteworthy museums such as the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, and the Tri-City Model Railroad Association filled with fascinating exhibits. See the fascinating sights of the `Nebraska Flyway` with over 500,000 sandhill cranes that settle on a sandbar near the island.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Saint Paul Historical Village, Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball, Edgerton Explorit Center, Morman Island State Recreation Area, Children`s Museum of Central Nebraska, and so much more!
Scottsbluff-Chimney Rock, NE
Scottsbluff is a stop along a number of pioneer trails in the 19th century, such as the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the Pony Express mail service. Many sights associated with this era are located within an hour`s drive of town, the most notable of these being two dramatic rock formations: Scotts Bluff, from which the town was named, and Chimney Rock, which are both national monuments and historic sites.


Recommended Stay: At least 1 night
Must See`s:
Scotts Bluff National Monument, Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Riverside Discovery Center, Legacy of the Plains Museum, North Overlook, Fort Mitchell, Mitchell Pass, Dome Rock, South Bluff, Robidoux Pass, Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Ash Hollow, Windlass Hill, and so much more!
Casper, WY
Located in the heart of the Cowboy State, Casper is a hub of fun and adventure. With amazing landscapes to explore like Casper Mountain, the legendary North Platte River, Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park, Fremont Canyon’s stunning rock walls and miles upon miles of multi-use trails, you can get your fill of the great outdoors in Casper. Visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, featuring dioramas and hands-on displays that evoke the journeys of 1800s pioneers, enjoy contemporary art at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, visit Fort Casper - a reconstructed 1865 military post, or drive south to Casper Mountain with its scenic views and ski slopes.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Fort Caspar, Casper Mountain, Rotary Park.
Point of Rocks, WY
Point of Rocks, frequently referred to as the `Almond Stage Station` or `Rock Point,` was originally built to accommodate travelers on the Overland State in the early 1860s. Visitors to Point of Rocks can find the remnants of the original Almond Stage Station built in 1862. The town has seen a fascinating transformation from dusty trailtown, to railroad stop, to coal-mining mecca, to modern-day attraction. This is also a fantastic gateway to the beautiful Green River and Flaming Gorge National Park, both recreational hotspots that attract thrill-seekers and nature-lovers alike.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Almond Stage Station, and Gateway to the Green River and Flaming Gorge National Area.
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City is an urban gem of the mountain west. Set in an incomparable backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains and home to `The Greatest Snow On Earth`, Salt Lake City stands out as a thriving hub of business, culture, innovation, and an inherently industrious spirit. With proximity to 5 National Parks, skiing, and outdoor activities so close to an international airport and a metropolitan city, this city is an ideal place to spend quality time.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Temple Square, the Hogle Zoo, the Red Butte Garden, the Utah State Capitol Building, the Natural History Museum of Utah, the Salt Lake Temple, the Clark Planetarium, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Tracy Aviary and Botanical Gardens and so much more!

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