22 days in Nebraska Itinerary

22 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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22 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Scottsbluff
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Crawford
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
2
Chadron
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Valentine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Norfolk
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ponca
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Omaha
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Nebraska City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Lincoln
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
York
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Kearney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Grand Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Burwell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
North Platte
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
14
Ogallala
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
15
Gering
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
End: Scottsbluff

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Crawford

Crawford ©
Crawford is a city in Dawes County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. On the 2nd (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Trailside Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of Fort Robinson History Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Fort Robinson State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Crawford online journey planner .

Scottsbluff to Crawford is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. August in Crawford sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chadron.

Things to do in Crawford

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fort Robinson History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fort Robinson State Park ©
Fort Robinson State Park
Fort Robinson History Museum ©
Fort Robinson History Museum
Trailside Museum of Natural History ©

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night
Chadron

Chadron ©
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Dawes County Historical Museum, walk around Chadron State Park, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chadron road trip site .

Chadron is just a stone's throw from Crawford. August in Chadron sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Chadron

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade
Chadron State Park ©
Chadron State Park
Dawes County Historical Museum ©
Dawes County Historical Museum

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Valentine

Valentine
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. On the 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowboy Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Smith Falls State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Centennial Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Niobrara National Scenic River.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Valentine travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chadron to Valentine takes 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chadron to Valentine due to the time zone difference. In August in Valentine, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Norfolk.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park

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night
Norfolk

Norfolk ©
Norfolk is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States, 113 miles northwest of Omaha and 83 miles west of Sioux City at the intersection of U.S. On the 6th (Tue), walk around Ta-Ha-Zouka Park, then examine the collection at Elkhorn Valley Museum, and then make a trip to Norfolk Arts Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Norfolk trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Valentine to Norfolk in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Norfolk are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Ponca.

Things to do in Norfolk

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ta-Ha-Zouka Park ©
Ta-Ha-Zouka Park
Elkhorn Valley Museum ©
Elkhorn Valley Museum
Norfolk Arts Center ©
Norfolk Arts Center

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night
Ponca

Ponca ©
Ponca is a city and county seat of Dixon County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve and then immerse yourself in nature at Ponca State Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ponca trip planner .

You can drive from Norfolk to Ponca in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Ponca

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Ponca State Park ©
Ponca State Park

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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 General Crook House Museum will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and Henry Doorly Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Farmall-Land USA (in Avoca) and Elk Horn (Museum of Danish America & Danish Windmill Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Boys Town and view the masterpieces at Old Market Artists Gallery.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Omaha tour itinerary website .

Drive from Ponca to Omaha in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nebraska City.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elk Horn, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Farmall-Land USA, Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum, Boys Town
Highlights from your plan
St. Cecilia's Cathedral ©
St. Cecilia's Cathedral
Museum of Danish America ©
Museum of Danish America
Farmall-Land USA ©
Farmall-Land USA

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nights
Nebraska City

Nebraska City ©
Nebraska City is a city in, and the county seat of, Otoe County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Loess Hills Scenic Byway, see the interesting displays at Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting, then examine the collection at Kregel Windmill Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Waubonsie State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and then get in on the family fun at Arbor Day Farm.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nebraska City road trip tool .

Getting from Omaha to Nebraska City by car takes about an hour. In August, daytime highs in Nebraska City are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Nebraska City

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Loess Hills Scenic Byway, Waubonsie State Park
Highlights from your plan
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park ©
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Kregel Windmill Museum ©
Kregel Windmill Museum
Arbor Day Farm ©
Arbor Day Farm

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nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum of Art, then get advice or help at Homestead National Monument of America, then examine the collection at International Quilt Study Center and Museum, and finally examine the collection at Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at University of Nebraska State Museum, appreciate the history behind Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Roller Skating, then take an in-depth tour of Nebraska History Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Saint Mary Catholic Church.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lincoln online attractions planner .

Getting from Nebraska City to Lincoln by car takes about an hour. In August in Lincoln, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to York.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Homestead National Monument of America
Highlights from your plan
Homestead National Monument of America ©
University of Nebraska State Museum ©
International Quilt Museum ©
International Quilt Museum

1
night
York

York ©
York is a city in, and the county seat of, York County, Nebraska, United States. On the 15th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Anna Benis Palmer Museum, then examine the collection at Lee's Legendary Marbles and Collectibles, and then get engrossed in the history at Clayton Museum of Ancient History.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read York travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lincoln to York takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in York are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in York

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Clayton Museum of Ancient History ©
Clayton Museum of Ancient History

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nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. On the 16th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Classic Car Collection, then examine the collection at Kearney Area Children's Museum, then see the interesting displays at Trails & Rails Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Nebraska Art. On the next day, learn about all things military at Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, then see the interesting displays at Nebraska Prairie Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nebraska Firefighters Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kearney day trip website .

Traveling by car from York to Kearney takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Island.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums

Side Trips

Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, Nebraska Prairie Museum
Highlights from your plan
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection
Nebraska Prairie Museum ©
Nebraska Prairie Museum
Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles ©

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Grand Island

Grand Island ©
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Platte River and then cool off at Island Oasis Water Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Island attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Kearney to Grand Island takes an hour. In August in Grand Island, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Burwell.

Things to do in Grand Island

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Island Oasis Water Park ©
Island Oasis Water Park

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Burwell

Burwell ©
Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. On the 19th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park, admire all the interesting features of Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, and then admire the majestic nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Burwell planning site .

Traveling by car from Grand Island to Burwell takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Burwell

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

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North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. On the 20th (Tue), have fun and explore at North Platte Area Children's Museum, see the interesting displays at Sod House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Original Pony Express Station & Museum, then appreciate the history behind America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, and finally look for gifts at Fort Cody Trading Post. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, admire the majestic nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, then examine the collection at Lincoln County Historical Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Cody Park Railroad Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the North Platte travel route builder tool .

Drive from Burwell to North Platte in 2.5 hours. August in North Platte sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ogallala.

Things to do in North Platte

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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Ogallala

Ogallala ©
Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Mansion on the Hill and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McConaughy.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ogallala day trip tool .

You can 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. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gering.

Things to do in Ogallala

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mansion on the Hill ©
Mansion on the Hill

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Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument and then hike along Monument Valley Pathway.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gering trip app .

Traveling by car from Ogallala to Gering takes 2 hours. August in Gering sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Monument Valley Pathway
Highlights from your plan
Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument

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