11 days in Nebraska Itinerary

11 days in Nebraska Itinerary

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Valentine
— 2 nights
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Kearney
— 1 night
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Omaha
— 5 nights
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Valentine — 2 nights

Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Smith Falls State Park and Cowboy Trail. Visiting Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge and Snake River Falls will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at The Prairie Club and get engrossed in the history at Centennial Hall.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Valentine visit planner.

Oklahoma City to Valentine is an approximately 10-hour car ride. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Oklahoma City in September, with highs in Valentine at 80°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kearney.
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Kearney — 1 night

Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. On the 3rd (Mon), walk around Yanney Heritage Park, explore by horseback at Christine's Horseback Riding, then examine the collection at Classic Car Collection, and finally look for gifts at Stagecoach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kearney trip planning website.

You can drive from Valentine to Kearney in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Lincoln.
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Lincoln — 2 nights

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stop by Licorice International, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Boiler Brewing Company, and then do a tasting at James Arthur Vineyard. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Homestead National Historical Park and then ponder the world of politics at Nebraska State Capitol.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lincoln driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kearney to Lincoln by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Omaha.
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Omaha — 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and Indian Cave State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Holy Family Shrine and Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. Step out of Omaha to go to Tekamah and see Master's Hand, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, get some fabulous bargains at Nebraska Crossing Outlets, shop like a local with Old Market, and admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Omaha trip planner.

You can drive from Lincoln to Omaha in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In October in Omaha, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Nebraska travel guide

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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.
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