45 days in Nebraska Itinerary

45 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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45 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Omaha
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lincoln
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hastings
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Broken Bow
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
North Platte
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Valentine
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Chadron
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Gering
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Albuquerque

11
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
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: Holy Family Shrine (in Gretna), Indian Cave State Park (in Shubert) and Nebraska City (Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Arbor Day Farm, &more). The adventure continues: listen to music at Henry Doorly Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market, explore the engaging exhibits at Omaha Children's Museum, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Omaha day trip planner .

Albuquerque to Omaha is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albuquerque to Omaha. In July, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

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

10
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lincoln: Saunders County Museum (in Wahoo), Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial (in Columbus) and Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art (in David City). Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Nebraska State Capitol, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Children's Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens, and examine the collection at Museum of American Speed.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lincoln holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Lincoln takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Lincoln are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Broken Bow.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ashland, York, Beatrice, Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, Saunders County Museum
Highlights from your plan
Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Nebraska State Capitol
Nebraska State Capitol
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens

1
night
Hastings

Hastings
Hastings is a city and county seat of Adams County, Nebraska, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Birthplace of Kool-Aid. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch and then don't miss a visit to Birthplace of Kool-Aid.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hastings trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Hastings takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hastings are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Broken Bow.

Things to do in Hastings

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch

4
nights
Broken Bow

Broken Bow ©
Broken Bow is a city in Custer County, Nebraska, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Neligh Mills (in Neligh), Burwell (Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area, Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, &more) and Happy Jack Chalk Mine (in Scotia). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Scotts Bluff, admire the masterpieces at Robert Henri Museum, wander the wide-open spaces of Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Tours, and brush up on your military savvy at Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Broken Bow day trip site .

Getting from Hastings to Broken Bow by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Broken Bow

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Burwell, Neligh Mills, Happy Jack Chalk Mine, Robert Henri Museum, Scotts Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park ©
Rowse's 1+1 Ranch ©
Rowse's 1+1 Ranch
Scotts Bluff ©
Scotts Bluff

5
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Explore North Platte's surroundings by going to Ogallala (Mansion on the Hill, Lake McConaughy, &more), Gothenburg (Sod House Museum, Original Pony Express Station & Museum, &more) and Museum of the High Plains Historical Society (in McCook). There's lots more to do: walk around Cody Park, appreciate the history behind America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, stroll the grounds of Fort McPherson National Cemetery, and examine the collection at Cody Park Railroad Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the North Platte planning tool .

You can drive from Broken Bow to North Platte in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in North Platte are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in North Platte

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ogallala, Gothenburg, Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Museum of the High Plains Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Original Pony Express Station & Museum ©
Cody Park ©
Cody Park
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard ©
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard

4
nights
Valentine

Valentine
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Valentine side-trips: Murdo (South Dakota's Original 1880 Town & Pioneer Auto Museum) and Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (in Martin). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Smith Falls State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowboy Trail, take in the views from Bryan Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Snake River Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Valentine driving holiday planner.

You can drive from North Platte to Valentine in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Valentine can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Murdo, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park
Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum

4
nights
Chadron

Chadron ©
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. Get out of town with these interesting Chadron side-trips: Fort Robinson History Museum (in Harrison), Stagecoach Museum (in Lusk) and Crawford (Trailside Museum of Natural History & Fort Robinson State Park). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade, pause for some photo ops at Wounded Knee Massacre Monument, explore the striking landscape at Toadstool Campground, and deepen your understanding at Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chadron tour itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Valentine to Chadron in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Valentine to Chadron due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gering.

Things to do in Chadron

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Crawford, Toadstool Campground, Fort Robinson History Museum, Stagecoach Museum, Wounded Knee Massacre Monument
Highlights from your plan
Fort Robinson State Park ©
Fort Robinson State Park
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade
Wounded Knee Massacre Monument ©
Wounded Knee Massacre Monument

4
nights
Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Explore Gering's surroundings by going to Fort Laramie National Historic Site (in Fort Laramie), Cheyenne (Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne Depot Museum, &more) and Carhenge (in Alliance). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Plains Museum, don't miss a visit to Rebecca Winters Memorial, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Minatare.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gering trip planning site .

Getting from Chadron to Gering by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cheyenne, Scottsbluff, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Carhenge
Highlights from your plan
Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Carhenge ©
Carhenge
Fort Laramie National Historic Site ©

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