23 days in Nebraska Itinerary

23 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Start: Cleveland
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
1
Gering
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Chadron
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Valentine
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
North Platte
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kearney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Lincoln
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Omaha
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Cleveland

2
nights
Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. On the 9th (Sat), make a trip to Carhenge, admire the masterpieces at Carnegie Arts Center, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, and finally take some stellar pictures from North Overlook. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Chimney Rock National Historic Site and then go for a walk through Monument Valley Pathway.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gering sightseeing planning app.

Cleveland to Gering is an approximately 10- hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cleveland to Gering. Traveling from Cleveland in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Gering, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alliance, Monument Valley Pathway, Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Carhenge ©
Carhenge
Chimney Rock National Historic Site ©
Chimney Rock National Historic Site

2
nights
Chadron

Chadron ©
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Chadron State Park, explore the striking landscape at Pine Ridge National Recreation Area, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Toadstool Campground, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Robinson State Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Trailside Museum of Natural History.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chadron tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Gering to Chadron by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Chadron, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Chadron

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Crawford, Toadstool Campground
Highlights from your plan
Fort Robinson State Park ©
Fort Robinson State Park
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade
Pine Ridge National Recreation Area ©
Pine Ridge National Recreation Area

3
nights
Valentine

Valentine ©
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Valentine is known for nature, wildlife, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Smith Falls State Park, snap pictures at Bryan Bridge, stroll through Cowboy Trail, and tee off at The Prairie Club.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Valentine travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Chadron to Valentine in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Smith Falls State Park ©
Smith Falls State Park
Niobrara National Scenic River ©
Niobrara National Scenic River
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

3
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from North Platte: Gothenburg (Wild Horse Golf Club & Original Pony Express Station & Museum) and Ogallala (Petrified Wood Gallery & Lake McConaughy). There's lots more to do: stroll around Cody Park, immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, stroll the grounds of Fort McPherson National Cemetery, and contemplate the long history of Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read North Platte travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Valentine to North Platte by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Kearney.

Things to do in North Platte

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gothenburg, Ogallala, Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard ©
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard
Cody Park ©
Cody Park
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park ©
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park

3
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch (in Wood River) and Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (in Grand Island). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, stop by Stagecoach, explore the world behind art at Museum of Nebraska Art, and identify plant and animal life at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Kearney road trip planning tool.

Drive from North Platte to Kearney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kearney can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pioneer Village, Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
Highlights from your plan
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument ©
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer ©
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

5
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Explore Lincoln's surroundings by going to Ashland (Cellar 426 Winery, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, &more) and Homestead National Monument of America (in Beatrice). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of American Speed, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Children's Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Craft Axe Throwing- Lincoln, and get a new perspective on nature at University of Nebraska State Museum.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lincoln trip planner.

Drive from Kearney to Lincoln in 2 hours. In May in Lincoln, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ashland, Homestead National Monument of America
Highlights from your plan
Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Nebraska State Capitol
Nebraska State Capitol

4
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Take a break from Omaha with a short trip to Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, take a stroll through Old Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Cecilia's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Joslyn Art Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Omaha online trip maker.

You can drive from Lincoln to Omaha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In May in Omaha, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Holy Family Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center ©
Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum

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