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The Pony Express Alternate Route (Self Drive)

16 to 24+ Nights from $2,136*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 8/17/2024. Choose your own arrival dates.

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This 16 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Rental Car for 17 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Kansas City, MO
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Lincoln, NE
  • Hotel for 1 night in North Platte, NE
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Cheyenne, WY
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Point of Rocks, WY
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Hotel for 1 night in Black Rock Desert, NV
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Reno, NV
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Sacramento, CA
  • Driving Time
    Kansas City, MO - Lincoln, NE: 3 hrs. 15 mins. approx.
    Lincoln, NE - North Platte, NE: 3 hrs. 20 mins. approx.
    North Platte, NE - Cheyenne, WY: 3 hrs. 15 mins. approx.
    Cheyenne, WY - Point of Rocks, WY: 3 hrs. 25 mins. approx.
    Point of Rocks, WY - Salt Lake City, UT: 3 hrs. 15 mins. approx.
    Salt Lake City, UT - Black Rock Desert, NV: 7 hrs. 30 mins. approx.
    Black Rock Desert, NV - Reno, NV: 3 hrs. 55 mins. approx.
    Reno, NV- Sacramento, CA: 2 hrs. 25 mins. approx.

Discover the historic Pony Express Route (U.S. mail delivery by continuous horse-and-rider relays between Missouri and California States) with this holiday package!. Explore this alternative route that, starts in Missouri State, visiting Kansas City. Then, continue through Nebraska, spending nice moments in Lincoln and North Platte (from Buffalo Bill, railroad wonders to the veterans memorial’s glory, the place offers attractions, activities, and events for all the visit). Continue to Wyoming with stays in these two cities full of railroad history, like; Cheyenne (the world's largest outdoor rodeo, and railroad capital) and Point of Rocks (stage Station Historic Site). In Utah, visit; Salt Lake City; to continue towards Black Rock Desert and Reno in Nevada. Finish this adventure in Sacramento (the capital of California, known for its evolving contemporary culture, rich history and golden rush past). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Flexible Itinerary

  • Kansas City, MO

  • Lincoln, NE

  • North Platte, NE

  • Cheyenne, WY

  • Point of Rocks, WY

  • Salt Lake City, UT

  • Black Rock Desert, NV

  • Reno, NV

  • Sacramento, CA

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Trip Summary

  • Kansas City, MO

    Kansas City sits on Missouri's western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It's known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections.

    Explore The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City Zoo, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, American Jazz Museum and much more.

  • Lincoln, NE

    Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska, one of the great capitals of the American plains. The city boasts the iconic buildings and landmarks such as the domed tower of the Nebraska State Capitol, the Lincoln station, and the University of Nebraska stand. Visitors will enjoy strolling through the compact Historic Haymarket District boasting an upbeat vibe brimming with fantastic restaurants, a vibrant farmers`s market, and beautifully restored authentic warehouses and brick streets. Explore several fascinating museums like the Sheldon Museum of Art and the Lincoln Children`s Museum.

    Explore the Historic Haymarket District, Nebraska State Capitol, University of Nebraska State Museum, Sunken Gardens, Museum of American Speed, Pioneers Park Nature Center, and so much more!

  • North Platte, NE

    North Platte, located at the junction of the North and South Platte Rivers in Nebraska, is known as the home of `Buffalo Bill`, who’s historic ranch and mansion is one of the best sights to see. Also home to the largest rail yard in the world, Bailey Yard, the iconic Golden Spike Tower, and Chimney Rock. Visit the area of warm-hearted people, scenic natural attractions, great outdoor activities, and a unique history.

    Explore the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park, The Cody Park Railroad Museum, Fort Cody Trading Post, Prairie Arts Center, Golden Spike Tower, North Platte Area Children`s Museum, and so much more!

  • Cheyenne, WY

    The Wyoming capital, Cheyenne, houses the Wyoming State Capitol Building and the world's largest outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, with exhibits about early rodeos and artifacts like 19th-century passenger wagons. Don't forget to visit the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens featuring a labyrinth, and explore the collections at the Wyoming State Museum including dinosaur fossils. Come have awesome family fun at the land of cowboys, rodeos, trains, and nature.

    Explore the Wyoming State Capitol Building, Governors` Mansion, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, and more.

  • 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.

    Explore the Almond Stage Station, and Gateway to the Green River and Flaming Gorge National Area, and more.

  • 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.

    Explore 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!

  • Black Rock Desert, NV

    Elko, in the Black Rock Desert, is the largest town in rural Nevada, a center of cowboy culture with a museum big on buckaroos, stagecoaches and the Pony Express. The other cultural influence is Basque. Despite violent 19th century conflicts over grazing rights between Basque shepherds and Old West cattlemen, there is a lingering cultural influence here most prominently felt in the local cuisine. And yes, this town is named after the antlered animal.

    Visit the Elko, Winnemucca; Pony Express; Mountain Biking; Ghost Towns; Carson City and Carson Valley; Reno; Pyramid Lake; Black Rock Desert; Unionville, and so much more.

  • Reno, NV

    Reno has been called `the biggest little city in the world` and is often described as a smaller version of Las Vegas, its much bigger brother to the southeast. Located in northwestern Nevada near the California state line, Reno is, however, the second largest city in the state. Boasting more than five million visitors a year, Reno offers a wide range of entertainment and educational attractions, many of which are ideal for families. The city of Reno in Nevada is a diverse place that is known for many things from its entertainment and gambling through to its nearby ski resorts.

    Explore the National Automobile Museum, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Circus Circus Hotel Casino Reno, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Eldorado Resort Casino, Old Reno Arch, The Discovery - Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery and much more.

  • Sacramento, CA

    Sacramento is the political hub and state capital of California. It lies at the confluence of the Sacramento River and American River featuring the district of Old Sacramento that harkens back to the city`s Gold Rush era. One of several museums in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum depicts the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the country`s earliest technological feats. The city is buzzing with things to taste, see, and savor. It invites you to pick your pleasure, whether it`s the farm-fresh restaurants, plentiful farmers markets, home-grown breweries, colorful street murals, or a sunset walk along the river.

    Explore the California State Capitol, Crocker Art Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Downtown Sacramento, Tower Bridge and the Sacramento Riverfront, California Supreme Court, and so much more!

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