9 days in Nebraska Itinerary

9 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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9 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Omaha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Lincoln
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kearney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
North Platte
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ogallala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Valentine
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Sioux City

1
night
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at General Crook House Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, and then see the interesting displays at Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Cecilia's Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, then examine the collection at Boys Town, and finally explore the activities along Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Omaha trip planner.

Sioux City to Omaha is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Nebraska City, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Boys Town
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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park ©
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center ©
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Boys Town ©
Boys Town

2
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Pinnacle Bank Arena, learn more about the world around you at University of Nebraska State Museum, then examine the collection at International Quilt Study Center and Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Holmes Park & Lake. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum of Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Pioneer Park Nature Center, then get answers to all your questions at Homestead National Monument of America, and finally learn about winemaking at James Arthur Vineyard.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lincoln holiday planner.

You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lincoln, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Lincoln

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

James Arthur Vineyard, Homestead National Monument of America
Highlights from your plan
University of Nebraska State Museum ©
Pioneer Park Nature Center ©
Pioneer Park Nature Center

2
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Hastings Museum, identify plant and animal life at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Classic Car Collection, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Nebraska Art. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kearney Area Children's Museum, then learn about all things military at Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, then see the interesting displays at Nebraska Prairie Museum, and finally stop by Stagecoach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kearney trip tool .

You can drive from Lincoln to Kearney in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to North Platte.

Things to do in Kearney

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Hastings Museum, Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, Nebraska Prairie Museum
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Hastings Museum ©
Hastings Museum
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection
Museum of Nebraska Art ©
Museum of Nebraska Art

1
night
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cody Park, see the interesting displays at Lincoln County Historical Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, then look for gifts at Fort Cody Trading Post, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read North Platte trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Ogallala.

Things to do in North Platte

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trip

Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Cody Park ©
Cody Park
Fort Cody Trading Post ©
Fort Cody Trading Post
Lincoln County Historical Museum ©
Lincoln County Historical Museum

1
night
Ogallala

Ogallala ©
Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Petrified Wood Gallery, explore the activities along Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McConaughy, and finally stroll the grounds of Boot Hill Cemetery.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ogallala trip itinerary planner.

Getting from North Platte to Ogallala by car takes about an hour. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Ogallala

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake McConaughy ©
Lake McConaughy
Boot Hill Cemetery ©
Boot Hill Cemetery
Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area ©

1
night
Valentine

Valentine ©
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. On the 25th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, then admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park, and then snap pictures at Bryan Bridge.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Valentine trip planner .

Getting from Ogallala to Valentine by car takes about 3 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Valentine

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge ©
Bryan Bridge ©
Bryan Bridge

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