9 days in Nebraska Itinerary

9 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Fly
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kearney
— 2 nights
Drive
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North Platte
— 1 night
Drive
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Valentine
— 1 night
Drive
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Omaha
— 2 nights
Fly

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Lincoln

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of American Speed, then identify plant and animal life at Pioneer Park Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Catholic Church.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lincoln trip maker.

Washington DC to Lincoln is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Lincoln is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in August since evenings lows in Lincoln dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

2
nights
Kearney

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch, look for all kinds of wild species at Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area, and then trot along with Christine's Horseback Riding. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Classic Car Collection, then take in panoramic vistas at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, and finally stop by Stagecoach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kearney road trip planning app.

Getting from Lincoln to Kearney by car takes about 2 hours. August in Kearney sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to North Platte.

Things to do in Kearney

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
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North Platte

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Cody Trading Post, then immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the North Platte online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kearney to North Platte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in North Platte

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
Valentine

Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. On the 20th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, then admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park, and then trek along Valentine National Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Valentine trip planner.

You can drive from North Platte to Valentine in 2.5 hours. August in Valentine sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

2
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Omaha

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Omaha Children's Museum and then take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Omaha driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Valentine to Omaha takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Omaha when traveling from Valentine in August, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.