The Ultimate Nebraska Travel Guide

The Ultimate Nebraska Travel Guide

Nebraska Travel Guide

Nebraska: Home to the iconic Chimney Rock National Historic Site and beautiful Lake McConaughy! Nebraska might not be a popular touristy state, but it’s charming, and a perfect gateway to nature! Seeing Chimney Rock standing in the midst of nowhere is quite a view! Here is my ultimate Nebraska travel guide with the essentials you need to know for planning your perfect trip to Nebraska.

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Nebraska travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Nebraska, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Nebraska attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section Nebraska Attractions.

History: Nebraska was admitted to the union as the 37th state on March 1, 1867. The state is named after the Platte River from the French, meaning “broad river.” Early explorers considered the areas as part of the great American desert, however, the state’s strong-willed farmers, fought hardship, drought, and insects to transform the desert into ranches and farms, making Nebraska a leading agricultural state. The state got its nickname, the Cornhusker State, as early settlers use to husk corn by hand.

Geography: Nebraska is bordered by South Dakota on the north and Colorado and Kansas on the south. On the east, Nebraska is bordered by Iowa and Missouri, and on the west, Nebraska is bordered Colorado and Wyoming. Missouri and Platte rivers are the two major rivers in Nebraska. Chimney Rock, an iconic landmark of Nebraska, a prominent column of clay and sandstone, resembling a tall factory chimney, is located to the southeast of Scottsbluff.

Getting There

Flight: The primary airports in Nebraska are the Lincoln Airport (LNK) at Lincoln and Eppley Airfield (OMA) at Omaha.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring states, you could drive to Nebraska.

Train: Amtrak offers a rail service called California Zephyr connecting – Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City and Emeryville (San Francisco)


Climate: Summers are hot and humid in Nebraska, with a daytime average temperature ranging between 85°F to 90°F. Winters are harsh, with average low temperatures ranging between 10°F to 20°F. Spring has moderate temperatures, and autumn has the best weather with moderate rain and heat.

Time zone: Mountain Daylight Time UTC-6 and Central Daylight Time UTC-5

Getting around: While renting a car is the best option but you will find bus service to/from cities state-wide on Greyhound. Omaha and Lincoln also offer local bus transportation to popular destinations within their city limits.

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Best Places To Visit in Nebraska

Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Chimney Rock National Historic Site | Nebraska Travel Guide

Towering 480 ft above the North Platte Valley, Chimney Rock, is a geologic formation. This rock formation has served as a landmark for people traveling along the Oregon, California trail, during the mid-19th century.

Address: 9822 County Rd 75, Bayard, NE 69334, Entrance Fee: No Fee

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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredits the Omaha zoo, and the zoo is considered to be one of the best zoos in the world. Features several animal exhibits including Kingdoms of the Night, Lied Jungle, Desert Dome, to name a few. 

Address: 3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107, Entrance Fee: Several options, find details here

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Lake McConaughy

Lake McConaughy | Nebraska Travel Guide

It’s the biggest lake in Nebraska, where you could relax in the natural white sand beaches, go fishing, and enjoy other outdoor recreational activities.

Address: 1475 Highway 61 N, Ogallala, Nebraska

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Lauritzen Gardens

Lauritzen Gardens | Nebraska Travel Guide

Is a botanical garden operated by Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. There are several ways to explore the garden – a tram tour, walking tours, lunch included, and a few other options, find more here.

Address: 100 Bancroft St, Omaha, NE 68108

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I hope my Nebraska travel guide will come in handy while planning your trip! My favorite part was exploring the Chimney Rock and spending time at the sandy beaches of beautiful Lake McConaughy. 

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