30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Omaha
— 6 nights
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Lincoln
— 6 nights
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Kearney
— 3 nights
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Grand Island
— 2 nights
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Burwell
— 2 nights
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Valentine
— 2 nights
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Chadron
— 1 night
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Gering
— 2 nights
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Ogallala
— 2 nights
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North Platte
— 3 nights
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Omaha — 6 nights

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area and Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Omaha: Nebraska City (Spa at Lied Lodge, Arbor Day Farm, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Joslyn Castle, stroll through Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Chalco Hills Recreation Area.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Omaha trip website.

New York City to Omaha is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get little chillier in Omaha: highs are around 52°F and lows about 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.
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Lincoln — 6 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 University of Nebraska State Museum and Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Ashland (Eugene T. Mahoney State Park & Glacial Till Vineyard and Winery), Crystal Springs Park (in Fairbury) and Homestead National Historical Park (in Beatrice). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of American Speed, explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum of Art, stroll around Pioneer Park Nature Center, and explore the engaging exhibits at Lincoln Children's Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lincoln day trip tool.

You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Lincoln can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Nebraska Art and Christine's Horseback Riding. Get out of town with these interesting Kearney side-trips: Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege) and Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles (in Lexington). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, take in the views from Hike-Bike Trail Bridge, stroll around Yanney Heritage Park, and explore the activities along Cottonmill Lake.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kearney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Kearney takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Island.
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Grand Island — 2 nights

Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. On the 17th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of The Plainsman Museum, cool off at Island Oasis Water Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Platte River. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Anna Benis Palmer Museum, experience rural life at Wessels Living History Farm, and then learn more about the world around you at Hastings Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Island trip builder.

You can drive from Kearney to Grand Island in an hour. In November in Grand Island, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Burwell.
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Burwell — 2 nights

Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area, then get a taste of life in the country at Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, and then take a peaceful walk through Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park. On your second day here, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Happy Jack Chalk Mine and then stroll through Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Burwell trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Grand Island to Burwell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Burwell are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel 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 21st (Sun): trek along Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, snap pictures at Bryan Bridge, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Cowboy Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Niobrara National Scenic River.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Valentine vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Burwell to Valentine takes 2.5 hours. In November in Valentine, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) 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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Pine Ridge National Recreation Area, then admire the majestic nature at Chadron State Park, and then deepen your understanding at Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chadron trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Valentine to Chadron by car takes about 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Valentine to Chadron. In November, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Gering.
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Gering — 2 nights

Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll through Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, then explore the striking landscape of Scotts Bluff National Monument, and then get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Plains Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gering journey maker site.

You can drive from Chadron to Gering in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Gering can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ogallala.
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Ogallala — 2 nights

Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Ash Hollow State Historical Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area, and then see a world frozen in time at Boot Hill Cemetery. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Mansion on the Hill, explore the activities along Lake McConaughy, and then deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ogallala road trip website.

Traveling by car from Gering to Ogallala takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial and Grain Bin Antique Town. Go for a jaunt from North Platte to Gothenburg to see Original Pony Express Station & Museum about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, explore the engaging exhibits at North Platte Area Children's Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, and admire the majestic nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the North Platte online vacation planner.

Drive from Ogallala to North Platte in an hour. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) 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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