Footsteps of Famous Nebarskans in Show & Screen

From movie stars to Old West showmen, Nebraska holds a history of past celebrities who were born in or had ties to the state. You'll cover a lot of ground in this two-day road trip that gives you insight into the lives and worlds of just a few of them. It spans from Norfolk to North Platte.

Day 1
Dowtown Coffee Company

302 W Norfolk Ave
Norfolk, NE
United States

(402) 844-3699

Enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee in a relaxing space to start your day!

Elkhorn Valley Museum

515 Queen City Blvd
Norfolk, NE
United States

(402) 371-3886

This museum offers a chance to learn about the legacy of entertainment legend Johnny Carson. You'll see the Johnny Carson Gallery, which showcases his 30 years on the Tonight Show and his six Emmy Awards. There are also plenty of other historical exhibits and activities for the whole family.

Johnny Carson Childhood Home; Johnny Carson Mural

306 S 13th St
Norfolk, NE
United States

Drop by to see the star's childhood home before heading downtown to snap your picture with the giant Johnny Carson Mural. You can also peruse the assortments of boutiques and specialty shops while you're in the area.

(Note: Visits inside the home are only available to special tours)

Lunch: District Table & Tap

226 W Norfolk Ave
Norfolk, NE
United States

(402) 316-4788

With panini-style sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and 23 different beers, plus cocktails, this is the perfect lunch stop.

Museum of Major League Baseball

619 Howard Ave
St. Paul, NE
United States

(308) 754-5558

More than 150 baseball players with Nebraska ties or roots have made it to the Major Leagues, and this museum honors each one of them. Whether you want to learn more about all-time greats like Bob Gibson and Grover Cleveland Alexander or brush up on recent and current stars, this stop has displays and artifacts spanning back tot he early days of the sport.

(Note: Open 9:30 am. - 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and by appointment only on weekends)

Dinner: Thunder Road Grill

3335 West Wood River Rd
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 382-6986

With brick oven pizzas, beer, wings and burgers, you'll be racing over for some grub at Thunder Road Grill. This racing-themed restaurant is perfect for groups and families.

Dessert: The Chocolate Bar

116 West 3rd St
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 675-0064

This is the perfect place to grab dessert, a drink or coffee as the day winds down.

Candlewood Suites

859 Allen Drive
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 381-7000

Book a room at Candlewood Suites. This hotel is located in the heart of the city and features excellent amenities such as an indoor pool, a gym, a business center and a basketball court. The guest rooms are also equipped with full kitchens, and the hotel is pet-friendly.


Johnny Carson Gallery at Norfolk's Elkhorn Valley Museum

Day 2
Breakfast: The Farmer's Daughter Cafe

105 N. Walnut St.
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 382-9794

Ready for more than your morning coffee and a hearty breakfast? From breakfast sandwiches to omelets to French toast, The Farmer's Daughter Cafe has everything you need to jump-start your day.

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

3133 W. US Hwy 34
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 385-5316

Stuhr Museum's 200-acre campus is packed with historical exhibits and living history attractions depicting the pioneer era. You'll also find the 1905 birthplace of famous actor Henry Fonda. The screen legend has supported the preservation of the home, and he visited it in 1978.

Fonda home
Henry Fonda visiting his childhood home in 1978. Courtesy of Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

Lunch: PeperJax Grill

940 Allen Dr.
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 382-0228

You have to try "America's Best Philly" at PepperJax Grill. The Philly, along with other fresh grilled specialties, make a stop here a must.

Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and State Recreation Area

2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 535-8035

Dive into the life of one of the Old West's most colorful characters, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The showman, army scout and buffalo hunter's 1886 house and barn sit on Scout's Rest Ranch, and you can learn about his past and career through tours of the grounds and displays of his memorabilia.

Dinner: Pals Brewing Company

4520 Buffalo Bill Ave
North Platte, NE
United States

(308) 221-6715

House-crafted pizzas and appetizers are the perfect way to close the day at this family-owned and operated brewery.

Scouts rest

Buffalo Bill's home at Scout's Rest Ranch