38 days in Nebraska Itinerary

38 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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38 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Drive:  7​h
1
Valentine
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Crawford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gering
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ogallala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
North Platte
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kearney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Lincoln
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Omaha
— 10 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

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: explore the striking landscape of Niobrara National Scenic River, take in the views from Bryan Bridge, tee off at The Prairie Club, and hike along Valentine National Wildlife Refuge.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Valentine trip planner.

Des Moines to Valentine is an approximately 7-hour car ride. In February, daytime highs in Valentine are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Crawford.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge ©

2
nights
Crawford

Crawford ©
Crawford is a city in Dawes County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Fort Robinson State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Robinson History Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Toadstool Campground. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Trailside Museum of Natural History and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Crawford road trip planning site .

You can drive from Valentine to Crawford in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Valentine to Crawford is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Crawford can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Gering.

Things to do in Crawford

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Harrison, Toadstool Campground
Highlights from your plan
Fort Robinson State Park ©
Fort Robinson State Park
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Toadstool Campground ©
Toadstool Campground

3
nights
Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gering: Alliance (Carhenge & Carnegie Arts Center) and Chimney Rock National Historic Site (in Bayard). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, take an in-depth tour of Legacy of the Plains Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monument Valley Pathway, and make a trip to Rebecca Winters Memorial.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gering road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Crawford to Gering takes 1.5 hours. February in Gering sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ogallala.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scottsbluff, Alliance, Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Chimney Rock National Historic Site ©
Carhenge ©
Carhenge

2
nights
Ogallala

Ogallala ©
Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery, explore the activities along Lake McConaughy, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Mansion on the Hill, explore the different monuments and memorials at Boot Hill Cemetery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ash Hallow State Historical Park.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ogallala travel planner .

You can drive from Gering to Ogallala in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ogallala are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to North Platte.

Things to do in Ogallala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ash Hallow State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area ©
Ash Hallow State Historical Park ©
Ash Hallow State Historical Park
Petrified Wood Gallery ©
Petrified Wood Gallery

4
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Gothenburg (Original Pony Express Station & Museum & Wild Horse Golf Club) and McCook (Longnecker Jewelry & Museum of the High Plains Historical Society). There's much more to do: walk around Cody Park, pause for some photo ops at America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, see the interesting displays at Lincoln County Historical Museum, and steep yourself in history at Scotts Bluff.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our North Platte road trip planning app .

Getting from Ogallala to North Platte by car takes about an hour. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ogallala to North Platte due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in February, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kearney.

Things to do in North Platte

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gothenburg, McCook, Scotts Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Scotts Bluff ©
Scotts Bluff
Cody Park ©
Cody Park

4
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Explore Kearney's surroundings by going to Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch (in Wood River), Hastings Museum (in Hastings) and Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park (in Burwell). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Nebraska Prairie Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Nebraska Art, and take in panoramic vistas at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kearney journey builder tool .

Getting from North Platte to Kearney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in February, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park, Hastings Museum, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Pioneer Village, Nebraska Prairie Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park ©
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection

9
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Lincoln side-trips: Fairbury (Rock Creek Station State Historical Park & Fairbury City Park), Ashland (Eugene T. Mahoney State Park & Cellar 426 Winery) and Indian Cave State Park (in Shubert). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Nebraska State Capitol, have some family-friendly fun at Craft Axe Throwing- Lincoln, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, and stroll around Pioneer Park Nature Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lincoln tour app .

You can drive from Kearney to Lincoln in 2 hours. In February in Lincoln, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 17°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ashland, Fairbury, Indian Cave State Park, James Arthur Vineyard, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
Highlights from your plan
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Lincoln Children's Museum ©
Lincoln Children's Museum
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park ©
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

10
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
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), Ponca State Park (in Ponca) and Siouxland Freedom Park (in South Sioux City). There's much more to do: see a show at Henry Doorly Zoo, grab your bike and head to Chalco Hills Recreation Area, take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Omaha holiday maker app .

Drive from Lincoln to Omaha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Omaha are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Nebraska City, Papillion, Bellevue, Platte River State Park, Siouxland Freedom Park
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Room Escape Games
Omaha Children's Museum ©
Omaha Children's Museum

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