8 days in Nebraska Itinerary

8 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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8 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + Bus:  7 h
1
Lincoln
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Kearney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
North Platte
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Omaha
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Columbus

1
night
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lincoln itinerary maker tool.

Columbus to Lincoln is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Columbus in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lincoln, with lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Wildlife Parks
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University of Nebraska State Museum ©
University of Nebraska State Museum
Craft Axe Throwing- Lincoln ©
Craft Axe Throwing- Lincoln
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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Nebraska Art, examine the collection at Classic Car Collection, then identify plant and animal life at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, and finally stop by Stagecoach. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, get engrossed in the history at G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, and then get a new perspective on nature at Hastings Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kearney online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lincoln to Kearney in 2 hours. In February in Kearney, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 18°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to North Platte.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, Hastings Museum
Highlights from your plan
Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Hastings Museum ©
Hastings Museum
Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles ©

2
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. On the 1st (Sun), pause for some photo ops at America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, look for gifts at Fort Cody Trading Post, then see the interesting displays at Lincoln County Historical Museum, and finally walk around Cody Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area, deepen your understanding at Petrified Wood Gallery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McConaughy.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the North Platte day trip planning site.

Drive from Kearney to North Platte in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in North Platte sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 14°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in North Platte

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Ogallala
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Cody Park ©
Cody Park
Petrified Wood Gallery ©
Petrified Wood Gallery

2
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
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 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Cecilia's Cathedral, stop by Old Market Candy Shop, then see the interesting displays at Boys Town, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Arbor Day Farm and then admire the majestic nature at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Omaha trip planning website.

Traveling by car from North Platte to Omaha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from North Platte in March: highs in Omaha hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nebraska City, Boys Town
Highlights from your plan
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park ©
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
St. Cecilia's Cathedral ©
St. Cecilia's Cathedral
Boys Town ©
Boys Town

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