26 days in Nebraska Itinerary

26 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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26 days in Nebraska Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Fairbury
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kearney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
North Platte
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Gering
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Valentine
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Burwell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Lincoln
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Omaha
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Fairbury

Fairbury ©
Fairbury is a city and county seat of Jefferson County, Nebraska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to World's Largest Porch Swing. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fairbury attractions planner.

New York City to Fairbury is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Fairbury due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in April, Fairbury is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kearney.

Things to do in Fairbury

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

World's Largest Porch Swing, Homestead National Monument of America
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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Fairbury City Park ©
Fairbury City Park
Homestead National Monument of America ©
World's Largest Porch Swing ©
World's Largest Porch Swing

3
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. Get outdoors at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary and Cottonmill Lake. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Kearny State Historical Park, examine the collection at Classic Car Collection, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Nebraska Art.

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Traveling by car from Fairbury to Kearney takes 2.5 hours. April in Kearney sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to North Platte.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pioneer Village, Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Fort Kearny State Historical Park ©
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection

3
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Get outdoors at Wild Horse Golf Club and Lake McConaughy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near North Platte: Red Willow State Recreation Area (in McCook), Petrified Wood Gallery (in Ogallala) and Original Pony Express Station & Museum (in Gothenburg). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, contemplate the long history of Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, pause for some photo ops at America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at Fort Cody Trading Post.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read North Platte trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Kearney to North Platte in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kearney in May since evenings lows in North Platte dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Gering.

Things to do in North Platte

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ogallala, Gothenburg, Red Willow State Recreation Area
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
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Wild Horse Golf Club ©
Wild Horse Golf Club
Petrified Wood Gallery ©
Petrified Wood Gallery

2
nights
Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from North Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, then take some stellar pictures from South Overlook, and finally hike along Saddle Rock Trail. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monument Valley Pathway, then take an in-depth tour of Legacy of the Plains Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse and Jail Rocks.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gering online trip maker .

You can drive from North Platte to Gering in 3 hours. Traveling from North Platte to Gering, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Monument Valley Pathway
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
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Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Legacy of the Plains Museum ©
Legacy of the Plains Museum

3
nights
Valentine

Valentine
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Niobrara National Scenic River and Cowboy Trail. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Smith Falls State Park, take in the views from Bryan Bridge, admire the sheer force of Snake River Falls, and tee off at The Prairie Club.

To find out how to plan a trip to Valentine, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gering to Valentine in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gering to Valentine due to the time zone difference. In May in Valentine, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Burwell.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
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Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge ©
The Prairie Club ©
The Prairie Club

1
night
Burwell

Burwell ©
Burwell is a city in Garfield County, Nebraska, United States. On the 12th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park, explore and take pictures at Rowse's 1+1 Ranch, and then immerse yourself in nature at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area.

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Getting from Valentine to Burwell by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Burwell can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Burwell

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
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Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park ©
Rowse's 1+1 Ranch ©
Rowse's 1+1 Ranch

5
nights
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Visiting Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and Lincoln Children's Zoo will get you outdoors. Step out of Lincoln with an excursion to Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari in Ashland--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Nebraska State Capitol, see the interesting displays at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, learn more about the world around you at University of Nebraska State Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pioneer Park Nature Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lincoln trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Burwell to Lincoln takes 3 hours. Traveling from Burwell in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lincoln, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ashland
Find places to stay May 12 — 17:
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Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park ©
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Pioneer Park Nature Center ©
Pioneer Park Nature Center

6
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Get in touch with nature at Henry Doorly Zoo and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, hike along Chalco Hills Recreation Area, and admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Omaha trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Omaha takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Omaha sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Prairie Queen Recreation Area
Find places to stay May 17 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Chalco Hills Recreation Area ©
Chalco Hills Recreation Area
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

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