31 days in Nebraska Itinerary

31 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nebraska travel planner
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Lincoln
— 6 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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Gering
— 2 nights
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Ogallala
— 2 nights
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North Platte
— 3 nights
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Omaha
— 7 nights
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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. Explore Lincoln's surroundings by going to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (in Ashland) and Beatrice (Gage County Historical Society and Museum & Homestead National Historical Park). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens, explore the engaging exhibits at Lincoln Children's Museum, examine the collection at Museum of American Speed, and stroll around Pioneer Park Nature Center.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lincoln attractions site.

New York City to Lincoln is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New York City to Lincoln, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lincoln, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kearney.
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Kearney — 4 nights

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kearney: Aurora (Edgerton Explorit Center & The Plainsman Museum), Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles (in Lexington) and Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, explore the activities along Cottonmill Lake, walk around Yanney Heritage Park, and stroll through Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kearney trip planner.

You can drive from Lincoln to Kearney in 2 hours. August in Kearney sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to 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 12th (Wed), examine the collection at Raising Nebraska, get engrossed in the history at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, and then make a splash at Island Oasis Water Park. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Anna Benis Palmer Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Hastings Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Birthplace of Kool-Aid.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Island vacation planner.

You can drive from Kearney to Grand Island in 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 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Burwell.
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Burwell — 1 night

Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park, then get a taste of life in the country at Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, and then admire the majestic nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Burwell day trip planner.

Getting from Grand Island to Burwell by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Burwell sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Valentine.
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Valentine — 3 nights

Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Niobrara National Scenic River. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Smith Falls State Park, play a few rounds at The Prairie Club, hike along Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, and stroll through Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Valentine trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Burwell to Valentine takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Valentine can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) 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 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Plains Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, then go for a walk through North Overlook, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Monument Valley Pathway. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gering trip planner.

You can drive from Valentine to Gering in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Valentine to Gering due to the time zone difference. In August in Gering, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ogallala.
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Ogallala — 2 nights

Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McConaughy, and then explore the activities along Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Mansion on the Hill, then see a world frozen in time at Boot Hill Cemetery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ash Hollow State Historical Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ogallala trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Gering to Ogallala in 2 hours. In August in Ogallala, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around North Platte: Gothenburg (Original Pony Express Station & Museum & Wild Horse Golf Club). The adventure continues: stroll around Cody Park, get engrossed in the history at Fort Cody Trading Post, see the interesting displays at Lincoln County Historical Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read North Platte driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Ogallala to North Platte takes an hour. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ogallala to North Platte due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in North Platte can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Omaha.
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Omaha — 7 nights

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Get out of town with these interesting Omaha side-trips: Platte River State Park (in Louisville) and Holy Family Shrine (in Gretna). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, explore the engaging exhibits at Omaha Children's Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, and walk around Heartland of America Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Omaha trip planning app.

You can drive from North Platte to Omaha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from North Platte in August since evenings lows in Omaha dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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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