18 days in Nebraska Itinerary

18 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Drive to Brussels Airport, Fly to Sioux Gateway Airport / Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Drive to Lincoln
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Lincoln
— 3 nights
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Kearney
— 3 nights
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North Platte
— 3 nights
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Ogallala
— 2 nights
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Chadron
— 1 night
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Valentine
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 3 nights
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Drive to Sioux Gateway Airport / Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Zaventem

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Lincoln — 3 nights

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of Roller Skating and Baker's Candies. Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum and Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ashland (Cellar 426 Winery & Glacial Till Vineyard and Winery). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Mary Catholic Church, admire the natural beauty at Hamann Rose Garden, get engrossed in the history at American Historical Society of Germans From Russia Museum and Library, and walk around Antelope Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lincoln, use our trip itinerary maker.

Zaventem, Belgium to Lincoln is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Zaventem in August, expect Lincoln to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kearney.
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Kearney — 3 nights

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Get some cultural insight at Nebraska Firefighters Museum and The Plainsman Museum. Kearney Area Children's Museum and Edgerton Explorit Center will appeal to museum buffs. When in Kearney, make a side trip to see Birthplace of Kool-Aid in Hastings, approximately Hastings away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Trails & Rails Museum, stop by Stagecoach, and get engrossed in the history at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kearney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Kearney takes 2 hours. In August in Kearney, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to North Platte.
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North Platte — 3 nights

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. You'll explore and learn at Original Pony Express Station & Museum and North Platte Area Children's Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Grain Bin Antique Town and Wild Horse Golf Club. Venture out of the city with trips to McCook (Longnecker Jewelry & Museum of the High Plains Historical Society) and Gothenburg Historical Museum (in Gothenburg). There's more to do: stroll the grounds of Fort McPherson National Cemetery and examine the collection at Cody Park Railroad Museum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the North Platte trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kearney to North Platte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ogallala.
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Ogallala — 2 nights

Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Mansion on the Hill and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Boot Hill Cemetery.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ogallala trip maker.

Drive from North Platte to Ogallala in an hour. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from North Platte to Ogallala due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chadron.
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Chadron — 1 night

Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade, examine the collection at Dawes County Historical Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Chadron State Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Fort Robinson History Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Trailside Museum of Natural History, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Ridge National Recreation Area.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chadron day trip website.

You can drive from Ogallala to Chadron in 3 hours. August in Chadron sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Valentine.
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Valentine — 1 night

Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the views from Bryan Bridge and then take an in-depth tour of Centennial Hall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Valentine trip planner.

Getting from Chadron to Valentine by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Valentine are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Omaha.
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Omaha — 3 nights

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Step off the beaten path and head to Joslyn Castle and Boys Town. Get some cultural insight at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum and Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Father Flanagan's Historic House, examine the collection at Historic General Dodge House, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Cecilia's Cathedral, and stop by Old Market Candy Shop.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Omaha driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Valentine to Omaha in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Valentine in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Omaha, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Nebraska travel guide

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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.
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