53 days in Nebraska Itinerary

53 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
1
Omaha
— 10 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Lincoln
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Kearney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Grand Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Valentine
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
North Platte
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Ogallala
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Gering
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Chadron
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
End: New York City

10
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Change things up with these side-trips from Omaha: Prairie Queen Recreation Area (in Papillion), Nebraska City (Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting, &more) and Holy Family Shrine (in Gretna). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, take a stroll through Old Market, explore the world behind art at Joslyn Art Museum, and walk around First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Omaha tour planning tool.

New York City to Omaha is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in March since evenings lows in Omaha dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Nebraska City, Papillion, Bellevue, Brownville, Boys Town
Highlights from your plan
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Joslyn Art Museum ©
Joslyn Art Museum

9
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Explore Lincoln's surroundings by going to Fairbury (Rock Creek Station State Historical Park & Fairbury City Park), Homestead National Monument of America (in Beatrice) and Ashland (Eugene T. Mahoney State Park & Cellar 426 Winery). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of American Speed, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Children's Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Pioneer Park Nature Center, and learn more about the world around you at University of Nebraska State Museum.

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You can drive from Omaha to Lincoln in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ashland, Fairbury, Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, James Arthur Vineyard, Homestead National Monument of America
Highlights from your plan
Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Nebraska State Capitol
Nebraska State Capitol
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum ©
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

5
nights
Kearney

Kearney
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kearney: Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege), Crane Trust Wild Rose Ranch (in Wood River) and Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area (in Burwell). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Museum of Nebraska Art, take an in-depth tour of The Plainsman Museum, and see the interesting displays at Classic Car Collection.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kearney itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Kearney takes 2 hours. March in Kearney sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Island.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Aurora, Pioneer Village, Nebraska Prairie Museum, Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles
Highlights from your plan
Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument ©
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection

5
nights
Grand Island

Grand Island ©
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Island side-trips: York (Anna Benis Palmer Museum, Wessels Living History Farm, &more), Happy Jack Chalk Mine (in Scotia) and Burwell (Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park & Rowse's 1+1 Ranch). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, head outdoors with Fonner Park, explore the activities along Platte River, and get a new perspective on nature at Hastings Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kearney to Grand Island takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Grand Island are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Grand Island

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

York, Hastings, Burwell, Happy Jack Chalk Mine
Highlights from your plan
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer ©
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
Hastings Museum ©
Hastings Museum
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park ©
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

4
nights
Valentine

Valentine ©
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Niobrara National Scenic River. There's still lots to do: stroll around Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, take in the dramatic scenery at Snake River Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Smith Falls State Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Valentine road trip website.

You can drive from Grand Island to Valentine in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Island in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Valentine, with lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Niobrara National Scenic River ©
Niobrara National Scenic River
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge ©
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge
Bryan Bridge ©
Bryan Bridge

5
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around North Platte: McCook (Red Willow State Recreation Area, Longnecker Jewelry, &more) and Gothenburg (Sod House Museum, Original Pony Express Station & Museum, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, steep yourself in history at Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, stroll through Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, and see the interesting displays at Lincoln County Historical Museum.

To find maps and more tourist information, read North Platte trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Valentine to North Platte takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in North Platte are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ogallala.

Things to do in North Platte

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gothenburg, McCook, Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln County Historical Museum ©
Lincoln County Historical Museum
Original Pony Express Station & Museum ©
Original Pony Express Station & Museum
America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial ©
America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial

5
nights
Ogallala

Ogallala ©
Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. When in Ogallala, make a side trip to see Ash Hallow State Historical Park in Lewellen, approximately Lewellen away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake McConaughy, don't miss a visit to Boot Hill Cemetery, deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery, and examine the collection at Mansion on the Hill.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ogallala trip planning app.

Traveling by car from North Platte to Ogallala takes an hour. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from North Platte to Ogallala due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 33°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Gering.

Things to do in Ogallala

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bayside Golf Course, Ash Hallow State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area ©
Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area
Mansion on the Hill ©
Mansion on the Hill
Petrified Wood Gallery ©
Petrified Wood Gallery

5
nights
Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Gering: Courthouse and Jail Rocks (in Bridgeport), Chimney Rock National Historic Site (in Bayard) and Alliance (Carnegie Arts Center, Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Scotts Bluff National Monument, go for a walk through Monument Valley Pathway, examine the collection at North Platte Valley Museum, and trek along Saddle Rock Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Gering day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ogallala to Gering in 2 hours. In April in Gering, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chadron.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Alliance, Scottsbluff, Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Carhenge ©
Carhenge
North Platte Valley Museum ©
North Platte Valley Museum

4
nights
Chadron

Chadron ©
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Crawford (Fort Robinson State Park & Trailside Museum of Natural History) and Fort Robinson History Museum (in Harrison). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Pine Ridge National Recreation Area, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade, appreciate the history behind Toadstool Campground, and deepen your understanding at Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Chadron trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Gering to Chadron takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 31°F. On the 30th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Chadron

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Crawford, Toadstool Campground, Fort Robinson History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pine Ridge National Recreation Area ©
Pine Ridge National Recreation Area
Chadron State Park ©
Chadron State Park
Fort Robinson History Museum ©
Fort Robinson History Museum

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