30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Omaha
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lincoln
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kearney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Valentine
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
North Platte
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Ogallala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Gering
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Seattle

7
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Step out of the city life by going to Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and Platte River State Park. For shopping fun, head to Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery or Nebraska Crossing Outlets. Change things up with these side-trips from Omaha: Nebraska City (Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Kregel Windmill Museum, & more), Indian Cave State Park (in Shubert) and Master's Hand Candle Company (in Tekamah). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Boys Town, observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, and take a stroll through Old Market.

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Seattle to Omaha is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Omaha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Omaha, with lows of 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nebraska City, Louisville, Gretna, Indian Cave State Park, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
General Crook House Museum ©
General Crook House Museum
Boys Town ©
Boys Town
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

6
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore International Quilt Museum and National Museum of Roller Skating. Homestead National Monument of America and Saint Mary Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lincoln side-trips: Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (in Fairbury) and Cellar 426 Winery (in Ashland). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum of Art, walk around Pioneer Park Nature Center, get outside with Haymarket Park, and learn more about the world around you at University of Nebraska State Museum.

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You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Lincoln are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ashland, Homestead National Monument of America, Baker's Candies, James Arthur Vineyard, Rock Creek Station State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
University of Nebraska State Museum ©
International Quilt Museum ©
International Quilt Museum

4
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. You'll explore and learn at Classic Car Collection and Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hastings Museum and Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kearney: Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege), Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area (in Burwell) and The Willa Cather Foundation (in Red Cloud). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Nebraska Art, browse the exhibits of Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, look for gifts at Stagecoach, and examine the collection at Trails & Rails Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kearney trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Kearney takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Burwell, Hastings Museum, Nebraska Prairie Museum, Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection
Hastings Museum ©
Hastings Museum

3
nights
Valentine

Valentine ©
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Step out of the city life by going to The Prairie Club and Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cowboy Trail and Niobrara National Scenic River. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Snake River Falls, take in the views from Bryan Bridge, and hike along Valentine National Wildlife Refuge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Valentine day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kearney to Valentine takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kearney in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 32°F in Valentine. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Prairie Club ©
The Prairie Club
Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park

3
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Lincoln County Historical Museum and Fort Cody Trading Post. Your inner history buff will appreciate Original Pony Express Station & Museum and Scotts Bluff. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around North Platte: Gothenburg (Sod House Museum & Wild Horse Golf Club). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Fort McPherson National Cemetery, do a tasting at Feather river winery, contemplate the long history of Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, and admire all the interesting features of Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our North Platte day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Valentine to North Platte takes 2.5 hours. April in North Platte sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ogallala.

Things to do in North Platte

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Gothenburg, Scotts Bluff, Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln County Historical Museum ©
Sod House Museum ©
Sod House Museum

2
nights
Ogallala

Ogallala ©
Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. On the 8th (Wed), mingle with the ghosts of the past at Boot Hill Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Ash Hallow State Historical Park, and then explore the activities along Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Mansion on the Hill, gain insight at Petrified Wood Gallery, and then explore the activities along Lake McConaughy.

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Drive from North Platte to Ogallala in an hour. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Ogallala can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Gering.

Things to do in Ogallala

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ash Hallow State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Ash Hallow State Historical Park ©
Ash Hallow State Historical Park
Mansion on the Hill ©
Mansion on the Hill
Boot Hill Cemetery ©
Boot Hill Cemetery

4
nights
Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and Toadstool Campground. Get some cultural insight at Legacy of the Plains Museum and Museum of the Fur Trade. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gering: Trailside Museum of Natural History (in Crawford), Knight Museum and Sandhills Center (in Alliance) and Courthouse and Jail Rocks (in Bridgeport). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monument Valley Pathway and take some stellar pictures from North Overlook.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gering trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Ogallala to Gering takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Gering are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Trailside Museum of Natural History, Museum of the Fur Trade
Highlights from your plan
Legacy of the Plains Museum ©
Legacy of the Plains Museum
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade

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