30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nebraska travel route planner

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Omaha
— 6 nights
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Lincoln
— 6 nights
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Kearney
— 5 nights
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Grand Island
— 2 nights
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Burwell
— 1 night
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Valentine
— 2 nights
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Chadron
— 2 nights
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Alliance
— 2 nights
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Ogallala
— 3 nights
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Omaha

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area and Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. Explore Omaha's surroundings by going to Nebraska City (Arbor Lodge State Historical Park & Arbor Day Farm) and Platte River State Park (in Louisville). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Cecilia's Cathedral, get some fabulous bargains at Nebraska Crossing Outlets, and steep yourself in history at Joslyn Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Omaha vacation planning website.

New York City to Omaha is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Omaha, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Omaha reach 52°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 6 nights
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to University of Nebraska State Museum and Holmes Park & Lake. Explore Lincoln's surroundings by going to Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial (in Columbus), Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (in Fairbury) and Homestead National Historical Park (in Beatrice). The adventure continues: stroll around Pioneer Park Nature Center, explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at International Quilt Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pawnee Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Lincoln trip tool.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Lincoln takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kearney

— 5 nights
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Nebraska Art and Cottonmill Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Kearney side-trips: Original Pony Express Station & Museum (in Gothenburg), Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege) and Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles (in Lexington). There's lots more to do: walk around Yanney Heritage Park, stroll through Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at The Willa Cather Foundation, and take in the views from Hike-Bike Trail Bridge.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kearney trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Lincoln to Kearney by car takes about 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Island.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Grand Island

— 2 nights
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Platte River and then cool off at Island Oasis Water Park. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Wessels Living History Farm and then get a new perspective on nature at Hastings Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Island road trip tool.

You can drive from Kearney to Grand Island in an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Island can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Burwell.

Things to do in Grand Island

Theme Parks · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Burwell

— 1 night
Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area and then wander the wide-open spaces of Rowse's 1+1 Ranch.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Burwell tour planner.

You can drive from Grand Island to Burwell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Burwell can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Burwell

Nature · Parks
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Valentine

— 2 nights
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): snap pictures at Bryan Bridge and then hike along Cowboy Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Niobrara National Scenic River.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Valentine driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Burwell to Valentine takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Valentine are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Chadron

— 2 nights
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. On the next day, walk around Chadron State Park and then deepen your understanding at Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.

Plan a Chadron trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Valentine to Chadron takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Chadron can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Alliance.

Things to do in Chadron

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alliance

— 2 nights
Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, see the interesting displays at Sallows Military Museum, and then ponder the design of City of Alliance Central Park Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse and Jail Rocks and then take an in-depth tour of Dobby's Frontier Town.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Alliance online visit planner.

You can drive from Chadron to Alliance in an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Alliance can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Ogallala.

Things to do in Alliance

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Ogallala

— 3 nights
Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area and then examine the collection at Mansion on the Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McConaughy and then deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ogallala trip planner.

Getting from Alliance to Ogallala by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ogallala are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. On the 30th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ogallala

Nature · Parks · Museums

Nebraska travel guide

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Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
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.