18 days in Nebraska Itinerary

18 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Lincoln
— 3 nights
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Kearney
— 4 nights
Drive
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North Platte
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ogallala
— 2 nights
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Chadron
— 1 night
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Valentine
— 2 nights
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Omaha
— 3 nights
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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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Homestead National Historical Park and James Arthur Vineyard. Discover out-of-the-way places like International Quilt Museum and Sheldon Museum of Art. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at University of Nebraska State Museum, catch a live event at Pinnacle Bank Arena, look for gifts at Licorice International, and walk around Pioneer Park Nature Center.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lincoln trip website.

Boston to Lincoln is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Lincoln. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boston in September: highs in Lincoln hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kearney.
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Kearney — 4 nights

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Appreciate the collections at Classic Car Collection and Hastings Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles and The Willa Cather Foundation. Change things up with a short trip to Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kearney Area Children's Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, stop by Stagecoach, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Nebraska Art.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kearney holiday app.

Getting from Lincoln to Kearney by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to North Platte.
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North Platte — 2 nights

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): walk around Cody Park, see the interesting displays at Lincoln County Historical Museum, then pause for some photo ops at America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at Fort Cody Trading Post. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Original Pony Express Station & Museum, see the interesting displays at Sod House Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our North Platte trip planner.

You can drive from Kearney to North Platte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in North Platte are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Ogallala.
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Ogallala — 2 nights

Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. On the 16th (Thu), deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery, then examine the collection at Mansion on the Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Boot Hill Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McConaughy and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ash Hollow State Historical Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ogallala visit planner.

Getting from North Platte to Ogallala by car takes about an hour. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from North Platte to Ogallala. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive 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 18th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Chadron State Park and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Chadron trip planner.

You can drive from Ogallala to Chadron in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Chadron are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Valentine.
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Valentine — 2 nights

Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park and then snap pictures at Bryan Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge and then stroll through Cowboy Trail.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Valentine trip planner.

You can drive from Chadron to Valentine in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Chadron to Valentine is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Omaha.
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Omaha — 3 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.
Shop till you drop at Old Market Candy Shop and Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. Get a sense of the local culture at Holy Family Shrine and St. Cecilia's Cathedral. Explore Omaha's surroundings by going to Nebraska City (Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting & Arbor Day Farm). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of General Crook House Museum and see the interesting displays at Boys Town.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Omaha road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Valentine to Omaha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Valentine in September, Omaha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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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