52 days in Nebraska Itinerary

52 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Fly to North Platte Regional Airport Lee Bird Field, Drive to Ogallala
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Ogallala
— 6 nights
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Cozad
— 9 nights
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Hastings
— 11 nights
Drive
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York
— 13 nights
Drive
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Beatrice
— 11 nights
Drive to Eppley Airfield, Fly to Atlanta

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Ogallala

— 6 nights
Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mansion on the Hill and Overland Trail Museum. Visiting Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area and Ash Hollow State Historical Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ogallala: Fort Morgan Museum (in Fort Morgan) and Alliance (Knight Museum and Sandhills Center & Dobby's Frontier Town). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Boot Hill Cemetery, and explore the activities along Lake McConaughy.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ogallala online trip builder.

Atlanta to Ogallala is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Atlanta to Ogallala, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in December, you will find days in Ogallala are little chillier (41°F), and nights are much colder (14°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cozad.

Things to do in Ogallala

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cozad

— 9 nights
Cozad is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. Visit Original Pony Express Station & Museum and Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area and Prairie Dog State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to McCook (Red Willow State Recreation Area, Longnecker Jewelry, &more), Boneyard Creation Museum (in Broken Bow) and Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Robert Henri Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Nebraska National Forest, see the interesting displays at Sod House Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Dawson County Historical Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cozad online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ogallala to Cozad takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Hastings.

Things to do in Cozad

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hastings

— 11 nights
Hastings is a city and county seat of Adams County, Nebraska, United States. Appreciate the collections at Hastings Museum and Pioneer Village. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Willa Cather Foundation and The Geographic Center of the United States. Get out of town with these interesting Hastings side-trips: Willa Cather Memorial Prairie (in Red Cloud), Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site (in Republic) and Kearney (Stagecoach, Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, make a splash at Island Oasis Water Park, appreciate the history behind Lady Liberty, and head outdoors with Fonner Park.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hastings trip builder.

You can drive from Cozad to Hastings in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hastings are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to York.

Things to do in Hastings

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

York

— 13 nights
York is a city in, and the county seat of, York County, Nebraska, United States. Clayton Museum of Ancient History and Lee's Legendary Marbles and Collectibles will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Anna Benis Palmer Museum and Fred G. Dale Planetarium. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Neligh Mills (in Neligh), Aurora (The Plainsman Museum & Edgerton Explorit Center) and Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art (in David City). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Wessels Living History Farm, walk around Ta-Ha-Zouka Park, make a splash at Pawnee Plunge Water Park, and don't miss a visit to Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our York trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hastings to York takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in York can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Beatrice.

Things to do in York

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Beatrice

— 11 nights
Beatrice is a city in and the county seat of Gage County, Nebraska. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gage County Historical Society and Museum and Kregel Windmill Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Homestead National Historical Park and National Orphan Train Complex. Change things up with these side-trips from Beatrice: Indian Cave State Park (in Shubert), Flatwater Folk Art Museum (in Brownville) and Marysville (Marshall County Historical, Pony Express Barn & Museum, &more). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa at Lied Lodge, stroll through Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, and find something for the whole family at Arbor Day Farm.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Beatrice journey maker website.

Traveling by car from York to Beatrice takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in January, and nighttime lows around 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beatrice

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.