12 days in Nebraska Itinerary

12 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Fly
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Omaha
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lincoln
— 3 nights
Drive to Eppley Airfield, Fly to Central Nebraska Regional Airport
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Grand Island
— 1 night
Fly to Western Neb. Rgnl/William B. Heilig Airport, Drive to Sidney
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Sidney
— 1 night
Drive
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Scottsbluff
— 1 night
Drive
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Chadron
— 2 nights
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Omaha

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Joslyn Castle, then contemplate the long history of General Crook House Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Father Flanagan's Historic House, then examine the collection at Boys Town, then look for gifts at Old Market Candy Shop, and finally view the masterpieces at Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Omaha trip itinerary builder tool.

Philadelphia to Omaha is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia to Omaha, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 3 nights
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, and then tee off at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at American Historical Society of Germans From Russia Museum and Library, admire the striking features of Saint Mary Catholic Church, then examine the collection at National Museum of Roller Skating, and finally appreciate the history behind Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lincoln day trip tool.

Drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a train. August in Lincoln sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Island.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums · Wildlife · Golf · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grand Island

— 1 night
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at Raising Nebraska, get outside with Fonner Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lincoln to Grand Island. In August in Grand Island, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sidney.

Things to do in Grand Island

Museums · Outdoors

Sidney

— 1 night
Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at The National Pony Express Monument, then see the interesting displays at Fort Sidney Museum, and then take a stroll through Historic Downtown.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sidney attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Island to Sidney. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Island to Sidney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Island in August, plan for little chillier nights in Sidney, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Scottsbluff.

Things to do in Sidney

Museums · Neighborhoods

Scottsbluff

— 1 night
Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Plains Museum, contemplate the long history of Robidoux Trading Post, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, and finally go for a walk through Monument Valley Pathway.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Scottsbluff vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Sidney to Scottsbluff in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Scottsbluff

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chadron

— 2 nights
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Dawes County Historical Museum, then deepen your understanding at Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, and then explore the striking landscape at Pine Ridge National Recreation Area.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chadron travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Scottsbluff to Chadron takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Chadron are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chadron

Museums · Nature · Parks

Nebraska travel guide

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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.