15 days in Nebraska Itinerary

15 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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15 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Madison
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Omaha
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Lincoln
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Kearney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
North Platte
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Gering
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Madison

3
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Omaha is known for zoos & aquariums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, shop like a local with Old Market, have fun and explore at Omaha Children's Museum, and look for gifts at Old Market Candy Shop.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Omaha driving holiday planning website .

Madison to Omaha is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge ©
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum

4
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Ashland (Eugene T. Mahoney State Park & Cellar 426 Winery) and Homestead National Monument of America (in Beatrice). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of American Speed, get a sense of history and politics at Nebraska State Capitol, admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens, and stop by Licorice International.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lincoln day trip site .

You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Lincoln are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ashland, Homestead National Monument of America
Highlights from your plan
Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Nebraska State Capitol
Nebraska State Capitol
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens

2
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Classic Car Collection, then get engrossed in the history at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, and then make a splash at Island Oasis Water Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Pioneer Village, look for gifts at Stagecoach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Great Platte River Road Archway Monument.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kearney online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Kearney takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kearney are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to North Platte.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Grand Island, Pioneer Village
Highlights from your plan
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection
Pioneer Village ©
Pioneer Village

2
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. On the 13th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Fort Cody Trading Post, then steep yourself in history at Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, then immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, and finally stroll around Cody Park. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Original Pony Express Station & Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Gothenburg Historical Museum, then deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery, and finally explore the activities along Lake McConaughy.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the North Platte trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Kearney to North Platte takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in North Platte can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gering.

Things to do in North Platte

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Gothenburg, Ogallala
Highlights from your plan
Cody Park ©
Cody Park
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard ©
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard

3
nights
Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Scotts Bluff National Monument, then take some stellar pictures from North Overlook, then explore the world behind art at Carnegie Arts Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Carhenge. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimney Rock National Historic Site and then go for a walk through Monument Valley Pathway.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Gering road trip planner.

Traveling by car from North Platte to Gering takes 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from North Platte to Gering. August in Gering sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alliance, Monument Valley Pathway, Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Carhenge ©
Carhenge
Chimney Rock National Historic Site ©
Chimney Rock National Historic Site

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