22 days in Nebraska Itinerary

22 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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22 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Burwell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Valentine
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chadron
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
North Platte
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kearney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Lincoln
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Omaha
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dallas

1
night
Burwell

Burwell ©
Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Burwell road trip site .

Dallas to Burwell is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in September: highs in Burwell hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Burwell

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park ©
Rowse's 1+1 Ranch ©
Rowse's 1+1 Ranch

3
nights
Valentine

Valentine ©
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Smith Falls State Park and Cowboy Trail. Visiting The Prairie Club and Nebraska National Forest will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Niobrara National Scenic River and identify plant and animal life at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Valentine journey planner.

Drive from Burwell to Valentine in 2.5 hours. September in Valentine sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nebraska National Forest
Highlights from your plan
The Prairie Club ©
The Prairie Club
Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park

2
nights
Chadron

Chadron ©
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. On the 3rd (Thu), examine the collection at Museum of the Fur Trade, then admire the majestic nature at Chadron State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Toadstool Campground. Keep things going the next day: deepen your understanding at Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center and then admire all the interesting features of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chadron trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Valentine to Chadron takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October in Chadron, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Chadron

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Toadstool Campground
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Chadron State Park ©
Chadron State Park

2
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake McConaughy, steep yourself in history at Original Pony Express Station & Museum, then pause for some photo ops at America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of Fort Cody Trading Post. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sod House Museum, examine the collection at Lincoln County Historical Museum, and then stroll around Cody Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our North Platte tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Chadron to North Platte in 4 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chadron to North Platte due to the time zone difference. In October in North Platte, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kearney.

Things to do in North Platte

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Gothenburg, Lake McConaughy
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln County Historical Museum ©
Sod House Museum ©
Sod House Museum

3
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Classic Car Collection and Hastings Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles and Museum of Nebraska Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Kearney: Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege) and The Willa Cather Foundation (in Red Cloud). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Nebraska Firefighters Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, and take in the views from Hike-Bike Trail Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kearney trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from North Platte to Kearney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Kearney sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, Nebraska Prairie Museum, Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, The Willa Cather Foundation, Hastings Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nebraska Firefighters Museum ©
Nebraska Firefighters Museum
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection
Hastings Museum ©
Hastings Museum

5
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Homestead National Monument of America and James Arthur Vineyard. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at International Quilt Museum and National Museum of Roller Skating. Go for a jaunt from Lincoln to Fairbury to see Rock Creek Station State Historical Park about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Pioneer Park Nature Center, admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Craft Axe Throwing- Lincoln.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lincoln route maker site .

Traveling by car from Kearney to Lincoln takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lincoln can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

James Arthur Vineyard, Homestead National Monument of America, Rock Creek Station State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
University of Nebraska State Museum ©
Homestead National Monument of America ©
James Arthur Vineyard ©
James Arthur Vineyard

5
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
St. Cecilia's Cathedral and Father Flanagan's Historic House will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Holy Family Shrine and Boys Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Omaha: Ponca State Park (in Ponca), Indian Cave State Park (in Shubert) and Nebraska City (Arbor Lodge State Historical Park & Arbor Day Farm). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, learn more about the world around you at Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery, take an in-depth tour of General Crook House Museum, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Chalco Hills Recreation Area.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Omaha trip planner .

Drive from Lincoln to Omaha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In October in Omaha, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nebraska City, Indian Cave State Park, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Platte River State Park, Boys Town
Highlights from your plan
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park ©
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Boys Town ©
Boys Town
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

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