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Setting out for a Road Trip Through Nebraska

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“They don’t know what a Runza is!” the waitress yelled at the top of her lungs to the crowded restaurant. Gasps filled the air around us as everyone in the restaurant collectively shared in the surprise.

It felt like a 90’s sitcom, except it was my family vacation to Lincoln, Nebraska, when I was seven. The waitress listed off a bunch of ingredients contained in a runza before whizzing off on her roller skates to take another tables order.

This is one of my only memories from that first trip to Nebraska…well, that and the day I was stuck on a golf cart in a swarm of bees, but that’s an entirely different story.

I’m happy to say that it’s finally time to rectify these childhood memories and head back to road trip through Nebraska to rediscover all the fun adventures the Cornhusker State has to offer. Micah and I will be heading to Nebraska in partnership with Visit Nebraska to see what adventures we will find awaiting us.

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We are road tripping our way through the state with our first stops in Omaha and Lincoln. Then, we will be making our way over to the western panhandle. Our itinerary is loosely scheduled, as we want to leave ample time open to explore, but we will definitely be getting a good mix of both outdoor and urban adventures.

Here are some of the adventures we are considering during our road trip through Nebraska:

Breweries and Wineries

There are plenty of breweries and wineries around the cities of Omaha and Lincoln, so it only makes sense that we check a couple out, right?! Whether we decide to follow the brewery trail, the winery trail or a mix of the two, there’s sure to be some tasty sampling in our future.

Museums, Gardens and Music

I always love a good museum, and I definitely have my eye on the Joslyn Art Museum in downtown Omaha and the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln. There are many interesting museums throughout the state so it will be hard to narrow down our options. The Fall Chrysanthemum Show at the Lauritzen Gardens also sounds like an intriguing option, especially during a time of year where most of the vegetation outside is going into hibernation. The quirky Carhenge, in western Nebraska, is calling our names, and live jazz in Omaha will certainly be hard to pass up—there’s just something about soulful jazz music that always draws us in!

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Markets and Entertainment Areas

With cobblestone streets, shops, galleries, and restaurants, the historic Old Market in Omaha definitely deserves a visit. Lincoln offers both the Railyard and the Historic Haymarket entertainment complexes with plenty to offer no matter what you’re interested in.

Hikes and Nature

In addition to several hiking trails in and around the two cities of Omaha and Lincoln, Western Nebraska is full of fascinating landscapes and wonderful places to hike, as well. Some of the natural spots we have our eyes on in the western portion of the state are Toadstool Geologic Park, Chardon State Park, and Scotts Bluff National Monument. There’s even a chance to explore parts of the actual Oregon Trail! Let me tell you, after all those childhood years playing Oregon Trail, I never thought that you could still visit some of the landmarks today. I, for one, am super excited to see that Chimney Rock is alive and well, and we definitely hope to pay it a visit.

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Even though I’m not entirely sure what we will discover along the way, I’m looking forward to all of the adventures on the horizon for our road trip through Nebraska. And, all I know for sure is that I’m going to finally figure out what the heck a runza actually is.

Have you ever been to Nebraska? What adventures and Nebraska Events should we check out when we visit?

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  • Natalie
    Posted at 09:29h, 05 November Reply

    I have never really thought about going to Nebraska. I guess it’s a state that is more overlooked when it comes to tourism in the U.S., but I have to say that I’m surprised by the landscapes. It looks like a great pace for some great outdoor adventures, and I’m also curious what Runza is. I’ll definitely keep Nebraska in mind now as I travel in the U.S….

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:10h, 11 November Reply

      Yeah, unfortunately Nebraska doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves! We had a fun time exploring and loved the diverse cities and landscapes we found along the way! Hope you have a great time if you make it to Nebraska sometime!
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  • Natalie Deduck
    Posted at 00:25h, 06 November Reply

    Hey Guys!!
    It sounds like a lovely trip! Beautiful nature, wineries and breweries… I’m sure you gonna have fun!
    Looking forward to read the next posts about this road adventure!
    Cheers and happy travels!
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  • Nisha Jha
    Posted at 04:36h, 06 November Reply

    Hey ! I Must admit, sitting in this part of the world, never heard of Nebraska but you know what? I might go there just to see that Carhenge! So much nature and wineries. Can’t wait to hear your stories.

  • Howard
    Posted at 08:06h, 06 November Reply

    I can definitely relate to this post. I recently returned from a weeklong road trip through Kansas and Missouri. There is nothing like hitting the backroads and discovering all of the unique sites in a state you have never visited. Perhaps I will follow in your wake eventually and explore Nebraska for the first time.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:01h, 11 November Reply

      Glad to hear that–hope you have fun if you head up to Nebraska sometime! Kansas and Missouri would be fun spots for a road trip, as well. I agree–it’s so great hitting the backroads and exploring!
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  • Brianna
    Posted at 08:23h, 06 November Reply

    Truth be told I don’t know all that much about Nebraska but I’m excited to follow along on your trip.

  • Tammyonthemove
    Posted at 13:04h, 06 November Reply

    I haven’t been yet and don’t know what s runza is either. I have to say though that the scenery looks absolutely incredible. Looks like the perfect place for outdoor lovers.

  • Trisha Velarmino
    Posted at 01:33h, 08 November Reply

    keep safe on your road trip. Please tell us more about Runza once you get there. Looking forward on more Dissected Till Plains photos. I’m sure this is going to be an exciting roadtrip. Why not visit Henry Doorly Zoo? Its the best zoo in the region!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:30h, 11 November Reply

      Thanks, Trisha! More to come on the Runza for sure 🙂 The zoo is definitely a great option. We aren’t really zoo people so we decided on visiting a couple of museums and a brewery instead, but we’ve heard great things about the Henry Doorly Zoo!
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  • Christopher
    Posted at 21:58h, 09 November Reply

    Wow. I didn’t know Nebraska was such a beautiful place. The first picture with the sunflowers a looks like a dream. What beautiful nature. Great post.

  • Kristi F.
    Posted at 10:31h, 24 January Reply

    Being a life-long Nebraskan, all I can say is…’re in for a treat! Yes, we don’t have coastlines or mountains, and that’s ok. Our beauty lies tucked away, ready to be discovered by someone willing to seek it out. Western Nebraska is by far my favorite part of the state. Drive along Highway 20 starting from the Missouri river and you will encounter four very distinct terrain. I took my kids on a 17-day camping trip across Nebraska in 2014. Discovered many new things I knew about (but had never seen) and rediscovered much of my childhood. I kind of want to go back out there again this summer.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:42h, 07 February Reply

      Thanks, Kristi–we had a great time exploring Nebraska! Western Nebraska was our favorite too! The different landscapes in that region were so beautiful and unexpected. The 17 day camping trip sounds amazing–what a cool adventure to do with your kids!
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