31 days in Nebraska Itinerary

31 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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31 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Gering
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
North Platte
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Valentine
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Grand Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Kearney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Lincoln
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Omaha
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Gering: Museum of the Fur Trade (in Chadron), Chimney Rock National Historic Site (in Bayard) and Fort Robinson State Park (in Crawford). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, take some stellar pictures from North Overlook, take in the pleasant sights at Monument Valley Pathway, and appreciate the history behind Carhenge.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gering trip planner .

Detroit to Gering is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in October, expect little chillier with lows of 36°F in Gering. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scottsbluff, Carhenge, Fort Robinson State Park, Museum of the Fur Trade, Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Carhenge ©
Carhenge
Chimney Rock National Historic Site ©

3
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from North Platte: Wild Horse Golf Club (in Gothenburg) and Petrified Wood Gallery (in Ogallala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, see the interesting displays at Lincoln County Historical Museum, pause for some photo ops at America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, and do a tasting at Feather river winery.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the North Platte online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Gering to North Platte takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in North Platte sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in North Platte

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scotts Bluff, Petrified Wood Gallery, Wild Horse Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard ©
Cody Park ©
Cody Park

3
nights
Valentine

Valentine
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Valentine is known for nature, wildlife, golf, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowboy Trail, identify plant and animal life at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, and admire the sheer force of Snake River Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Valentine trip itinerary planner .

Drive from North Platte to Valentine in 2.5 hours. October in Valentine sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Island.

Things to do in Valentine

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

3
nights
Grand Island

Grand Island ©
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Hastings Museum (in Hastings), Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park (in Burwell) and York (Wessels Living History Farm, Clayton Museum of Ancient History, & more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, explore the activities along Platte River, and examine the collection at Raising Nebraska.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Island trip planner .

Drive from Valentine to Grand Island in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kearney.

Things to do in Grand Island

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

York, Hastings Museum, Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer ©
Hastings Museum ©
Hastings Museum
Wessels Living History Farm ©
Wessels Living History Farm

4
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Kearney: Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles (in Lexington), Burwell (Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area & Rowse's 1+1 Ranch) and Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, see the interesting displays at Nebraska Firefighters Museum, explore the activities along Cottonmill Lake, and stroll around Yanney Heritage Park.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kearney trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Grand Island to Kearney in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Kearney can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Burwell, Nebraska Prairie Museum, Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, Pioneer Village, Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection
Pioneer Village ©
Pioneer Village

8
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Lincoln: Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (in Fairbury), Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial (in Columbus) and Homestead National Monument of America (in Beatrice). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of American Speed, get outside with Haymarket Park, get a sense of history and politics at Nebraska State Capitol, and admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lincoln online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kearney to Lincoln takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ashland, Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial, Homestead National Monument of America, Rock Creek Station State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Nebraska State Capitol ©
Nebraska State Capitol
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens

6
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Omaha: Holy Family Shrine (in Gretna), Nebraska City (Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting, & more) and Ponca State Park (in Ponca). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and explore the engaging exhibits at Omaha Children's Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Omaha trip planner .

You can drive from Lincoln to Omaha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Nebraska City, Ponca State Park, Holy Family Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge ©
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum

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