22 days in Nebraska Itinerary

22 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nebraska journey planner

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Omaha
— 3 nights
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Lincoln
— 5 nights
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Aurora
— 1 night
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Kearney
— 4 nights
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Burwell
— 1 night
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North Platte
— 3 nights
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Valentine
— 2 nights
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Chadron
— 1 night
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Gering
— 1 night
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Omaha

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Boys Town and The Durham Museum. Explore hidden gems such as St. Cecilia's Cathedral and Indian Cave State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Old Market, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, view the masterpieces at Curbside Clothing, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Henry Doorly Zoo.

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Seattle to Omaha is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Omaha. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in June; daily highs in Omaha reach 85°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 5 nights
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. Appreciate the collections at International Quilt Museum and National Museum of Roller Skating. Step out of the city life by going to Pioneer Park Nature Center and Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Go for a jaunt from Lincoln to Beatrice to see Homestead National Historical Park about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at University of Nebraska State Museum, see the interesting displays at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, and learn about winemaking at James Arthur Vineyard.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lincoln trip planner.

You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aurora.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Aurora

— 1 night
Aurora is a city in Hamilton County, Nebraska, United States. On the 6th (Tue), deepen your understanding at The Plainsman Museum and then examine the collection at Edgerton Explorit Center.

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You can drive from Lincoln to Aurora in 1.5 hours. July in Aurora sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Aurora

Museums

Kearney

— 4 nights
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Classic Car Collection and Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hastings Museum and Museum of Nebraska Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kearney: The Willa Cather Foundation (in Red Cloud) and Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege). There's more to do: examine the collection at Trails & Rails Museum and look for gifts at Stagecoach.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kearney sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Aurora to Kearney takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Burwell.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Burwell

— 1 night
Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area and then delve into the lush surroundings at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Burwell trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kearney to Burwell in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Burwell are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Burwell

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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North Platte

— 3 nights
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Get some cultural insight at Fort Cody Trading Post and Ash Hollow State Historical Park. Let the collections at Original Pony Express Station & Museum and Lincoln County Historical Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting North Platte side-trips: Wild Horse Golf Club (in Gothenburg) and Lake McConaughy (in Ogallala).

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the North Platte day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Burwell to North Platte takes 2.5 hours. July in North Platte sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Valentine.

Things to do in North Platte

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Valentine

— 2 nights
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): play a few rounds at The Prairie Club and then admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Niobrara National Scenic River.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Valentine itinerary planner.

Drive from North Platte to Valentine in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Valentine are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Chadron

— 1 night
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. On the 17th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Chadron State Park and then examine the collection at Museum of the Fur Trade.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chadron journey planner.

You can drive from Valentine to Chadron in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. July in Chadron sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gering.

Things to do in Chadron

Parks · Nature · Museums

Gering

— 1 night
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. On the 18th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Monument Valley Pathway and then take an in-depth tour of Legacy of the Plains Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gering travel website.

Getting from Chadron to Gering by car takes about 2 hours. In July in Gering, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gering

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your 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.