34 days in Nebraska Itinerary

34 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nebraska travel planner

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Omaha
— 8 nights
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Lincoln
— 7 nights
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Kearney
— 4 nights
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Burwell
— 2 nights
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North Platte
— 4 nights
Drive
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Valentine
— 3 nights
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Chadron
— 2 nights
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Gering
— 3 nights
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Omaha

— 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Family Shrine (in Gretna) and Nebraska City (Civil War Veterans Museum at the G.A.R. Memorial Hall, Arbor Day Farm, &more). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, and snap pictures at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Omaha trip planning tool.

Pittsburgh to Omaha is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pittsburgh to Omaha due to the time zone difference. September in Omaha sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 7 nights
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. Venture out of the city with trips to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (in Ashland) and Rock Creek Station State Historical Park (in Fairbury). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Children's Zoo, and walk around Pioneer Park Nature Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lincoln route planner.

You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Lincoln can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kearney

— 4 nights
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Lexington (Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles & Mac's Creek Winery & Brewery) and Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, take a pleasant ride with Christine's Horseback Riding, stop by Stagecoach, and tee off at Awarii Dunes Golf Club.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kearney vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Lincoln to Kearney in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kearney are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Burwell.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Burwell

— 2 nights
Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. On the 18th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area, wander the wide-open spaces of Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, and then take a peaceful walk through Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park. On your second day here, go deep underground at Happy Jack Chalk Mine and then identify plant and animal life at Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Burwell tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kearney to Burwell by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Kearney in October, Burwell is little chillier at night with lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Burwell

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Platte

— 4 nights
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: Lake McConaughy (in Ogallala) and Gothenburg (Gothenburg Historical Museum, Original Pony Express Station & Museum, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, take an in-depth tour of Fort Cody Trading Post, immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, and pause for some photo ops at America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our North Platte itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Burwell to North Platte in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in North Platte can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Valentine.

Things to do in North Platte

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Valentine

— 3 nights
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Niobrara National Scenic River. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Smith Falls State Park, trek along Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, identify plant and animal life at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, and grab your bike and head to Cowboy Trail.

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

Traveling by car from North Platte to Valentine takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Valentine can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 27th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Trailside Museum of Natural History, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Robinson State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Fort Robinson History Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade, then walk around Chadron State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Ridge National Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chadron trip planner.

Getting from Valentine to Chadron by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Valentine to Chadron, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Chadron sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Gering.

Things to do in Chadron

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Gering

— 3 nights
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): go for a walk through South Overlook, take some stellar pictures from North Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, and finally trek along Saddle Rock Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): ponder the design of City of Alliance Central Park Fountain, then pause for some photo ops at Carhenge, and then go for a walk through Monument Valley Pathway.

Planning Gering trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chadron to Gering in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gering

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
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.