Delightful Detours: Road Trip through Nebraska's I-80

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Delightful Detours: Road Trip through Nebraska's I-80

If you find yourself driving through the scenic landscapes of Nebraska, don't just pass through – make the most of your journey by exploring these remarkable stops along the way!

1. omaha

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Gene Leahy Mall

Begin your journey in Omaha, where the historic Old Market delivers a diverse culinary scene. Visit the iconic Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and see the world's largest desert dome. Explore the beautiful horticulture at The Lauritzen Gardens and Kenefick Park, followed by a serene escape to The Riverfront. The Riverfront consists of three parks (Gene Leahy, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis & Clark Landing) for locals and visitors to enjoy.

2. gretna

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Holy Family Shrine

Travel down I-80 and stop in Gretna to witness the serene beauty of the Holy Family Shrine. The town also holds a fantastic outdoor shopping destination Nebraska Crossing, where shoppers can browse a variety of brands and discounts. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Schramm Park State Recreational Area and Visitor Center, where the picturesque park and informative aquarium offer educational opportunities and outdoor fun!

3. lincoln

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Sunken Gardens

Discover the capital city's charm with a stroll through the stunning Sunken Gardens. Marvel at the grand architecture of the Nebraska State Capitol, and soak in the vibrant college atmosphere by touring the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus and catching a game. End your adventure in the Haymarket District, where you're sure to find a restaurant of your liking. 

4. grand island

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Stuhr Earth Lodge

Step back in time at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island and explore the charming Railroad Village and Earth Lodge. The museum is 200 acres of campus, offering insight into the region's history. While in the area, be sure to explore the Crane Trust Visitor Center, where you could witness the breathtaking migration of the Sandhill Cranes and learn about the ecology of the Platte River Valley.

5. kearney

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The Archway

Continue down I-80 until you see the iconic Kearney Archway, showcasing the historical westward expansion of the United States. After this educational experience, venture to Yanney Heritage Park, a large 80-acre city park that features a tower overlooking the lake, gardens, and trails. End your adventure at the Big Apple Fun Center to play laser tag, go-kart, bowl, and more!

6. north platte

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Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Start your journey in North Platte at the top of the Golden Spike Tower.  Below is the Bailey Yard, which is the world's largest railroad classification, with more than 400 miles of tracks! After, dive into the life and legacy of Buffalo Bill, at the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. Explore the main house and grounds, and consider staying to enjoy a rodeo!

7. ogallala

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Lake McConaughy

Relax at the expansive Lake McConaughy, which offers water activities and stunning sunsets. After a calming break, explore the historic Mansion on the Hill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This 1800s Victorian home provides a glimpse into Nebraska's rich history.

8. sidney

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Fort Sidney Museum

Explore the past of the American West at the Pony Express Monument. Sidney is also home to the first Cabela's, where the outdoor enthusiasts can explore 85,000 square feet of equipment and gear. End your road trip in Nebraska at the Fort Sidney Museum, which was a strategic point and supply depot for the Military in the 1870s.