35 days in Nebraska Itinerary

35 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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

— 3 nights
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Classic Car Collection and Yanney Heritage Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kearney side-trips: Hastings Museum (in Hastings), Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles (in Lexington) and Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Cottonmill Lake, see the interesting displays at Nebraska Firefighters Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, and look for gifts at Stagecoach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kearney trip planner.

Seattle to Kearney is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Kearney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in June, you will find days in Kearney are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to North Platte.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

North Platte

— 4 nights
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Original Pony Express Station & Museum and Cody Park. Change things up with a short trip to Sod House Museum in Gothenburg (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, stop by Fort Cody Trading Post, steep yourself in history at Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, and see the interesting displays at Lincoln County Historical Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the North Platte holiday planner.

You can drive from Kearney to North Platte in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kearney in June, North Platte is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ogallala.

Things to do in North Platte

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Ogallala

— 2 nights
Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. On the 5th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McConaughy and then gain insight at Petrified Wood Gallery. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Mansion on the Hill and then explore the activities along Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ogallala journey planning site.

Traveling by car from North Platte to Ogallala takes an hour. The time zone difference when traveling from North Platte to Ogallala is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gering.

Things to do in Ogallala

Parks · Nature · Museums

Gering

— 4 nights
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and Legacy of the Plains Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Gering side-trips: Alliance (Carhenge & Knight Museum and Sandhills Center). There's still lots to do: trek along Monument Valley Pathway, explore the striking landscape of Scotts Bluff National Monument, and take some stellar pictures from South Overlook.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gering vacation planner.

You can drive from Ogallala to Gering in 2 hours. July in Gering sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Gering

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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 11th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Fort Robinson State Park and then explore the striking landscape at Toadstool Campground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of the Fur Trade and then walk around Chadron State Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chadron travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Gering to Chadron takes 2 hours. In July in Chadron, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Chadron

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Valentine

— 3 nights
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Smith Falls State Park and Niobrara National Scenic River. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at The Prairie Club, stroll through Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, and trek along Cowboy Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Valentine day trip site.

Traveling by car from Chadron to Valentine takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chadron to Valentine. July in Valentine sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Burwell.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Burwell

— 2 nights
Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area and then get a taste of life in the country at Rowse's 1+1 Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go deep underground at Happy Jack Chalk Mine and then stroll through Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Burwell trip planning website.

You can drive from Valentine to Burwell in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Burwell

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lincoln

— 7 nights
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rock Creek Station State Historical Park and Homestead National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: walk around Pioneer Park Nature Center, admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens, examine the collection at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Nebraska State Capitol.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lincoln travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Burwell to Lincoln takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lincoln are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Omaha

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lewis & Clark Landing and Riverfront Park and St. Cecilia's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Omaha: Indian Cave State Park (in Shubert) and Arbor Lodge State Historical Park (in Nebraska City). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, explore the world behind art at Joslyn Art Museum, visit Old Market, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Omaha trip maker.

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Omaha takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. July in Omaha sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.