30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

30 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nebraska trip maker
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Omaha
— 5 nights
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Lincoln
— 5 nights
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Kearney
— 4 nights
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Grand Island
— 2 nights
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Burwell
— 1 night
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Valentine
— 3 nights
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Chadron
— 2 nights
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Alliance
— 2 nights
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Ogallala
— 2 nights
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North Platte
— 3 nights
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Omaha — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area and St. Cecilia's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Omaha: Nebraska City (Kregel Windmill Museum, Arbor Day Farm, &more) and Platte River State Park (in Louisville). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, shop like a local with Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery, explore the landscape on two wheels at Chalco Hills Recreation Area, and steep yourself in history at Father Flanagan's Historic House.

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New York City to Omaha is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Omaha due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Omaha at 52°F and lows at 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Lincoln.
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Lincoln — 5 nights

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at University of Nebraska State Museum and Pioneer Park Nature Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lincoln: Homestead National Historical Park (in Beatrice) and Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial (in Columbus). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Holmes Park & Lake, explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum of Art, examine the collection at National Museum of Roller Skating, and get engrossed in the history at International Quilt Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lincoln online trip planner.

You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kearney.
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Kearney — 4 nights

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of Nebraska Art and Cottonmill Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Kearney: Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege), The Willa Cather Foundation (in Red Cloud) and Lexington (Mac's Creek Winery & Brewery & Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles). There's still lots to do: stroll around Yanney Heritage Park, see the interesting displays at Nebraska Firefighters Museum, take in the views from Hike-Bike Trail Bridge, and stop by Stagecoach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kearney trip maker tool.

You can drive from Lincoln to Kearney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Kearney are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at L.E Ray dog park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Platte River, and then cool off at Island Oasis Water Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Edgerton Explorit Center, then take an in-depth tour of The Plainsman Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Hastings Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Island trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Burwell.
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Burwell — 1 night

Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. On the 18th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area, wander the wide-open spaces of Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Burwell trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Grand Island to Burwell in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daytime highs in Burwell are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Valentine.
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Valentine — 3 nights

Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Niobrara National Scenic River and Cowboy Trail. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Bryan Bridge, trek along Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park, and take an in-depth tour of Centennial Hall.

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

You can drive from Burwell to Valentine in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Chadron.
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Chadron — 2 nights

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 22nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Toadstool Campground, then deepen your understanding at Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Chadron State Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chadron online day trip planner.

You can drive from Valentine to Chadron in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Valentine to Chadron is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Chadron are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Alliance.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): ponder the design of City of Alliance Central Park Fountain, take an in-depth tour of Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Dobby's Frontier Town. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Blue J Iris Farm, explore the striking landscape at Courthouse and Jail Rocks, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Nebraska Veterans Cemetery.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Alliance trip maker tool.

You can drive from Chadron to Alliance in an hour. In November in Alliance, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ogallala.
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Ogallala — 2 nights

Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. On the 26th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Ash Hollow State Historical Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area, and then see a world frozen in time at Boot Hill Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Mansion on the Hill, explore the activities along Lake McConaughy, and then gain insight at Petrified Wood Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ogallala route tool.

Drive from Alliance to Ogallala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Ogallala are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can 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 100th Meridian Museum. Explore North Platte's surroundings by going to Original Pony Express Station & Museum (in Gothenburg) and Nebraska National Forest (in Halsey). There's much more to do: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Grain Bin Antique Town, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Maloney State Recreation Area, contemplate the long history of Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, and get engrossed in the history at Fort Cody Trading Post.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the North Platte trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ogallala to North Platte takes an hour. The time zone difference when traveling from Ogallala to North Platte is 1 hour. In November in North Platte, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 23°F at night. 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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