From Itineraries Midwest Spring Issue 2009
This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year!
9 – 10:30 am
Begin the day with breakfast at a restaurant of your choice, before heading to the Iain Nicholson Audubon Center & Lillian Annette Rowe Sanctuary to view the Sandhill Cranes roosting on the Platte River.
10:30 – 11:30 am
The Cranes in the fields can be seen as you move on to Fort Kearny Historical Park, the first Fort built to protect travelers of military and civil government.
11:30 – 1:00 pm
From the Fort, travel to The Great Platte River Road Archway, spanning Interstate-80 where visitors may tour on their own learning the rich history of the Oregon, Mormon and California trails.
1 – 2:00 pm
Come & Get It! BBQ lunch at The Chuckwagon Restaurant at the Archway.
2 – 3:30 pm
In the afternoon visit Cabela’s, World’s Foremost Outfitter and Morris PressCookbooks, one of the nation’s largest publishers of cookbooks & fundraising cookbooks, your group can choose either one, as these two are neighbors!
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Stop at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), home to the official visual art collection of the State of Nebraska.
5 – 6:30 pm
Passing by the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Frank House and Yanney Heritage Park takes you to the Trails & Rails Museum. This museum of transportation history has many out-buildings and a Pacific Steam Engine on display.
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Enjoy dinner at one of Kearney’s fine restaurants.
You’ve come full circle today. Take pleasure in the sunset viewing of the Sandhill Cranes at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, from their restored railroad bridge, as the Cranes return to the Platte River for the night.
For more information or to customize this sample itinerary contact your tour operator or Kearney Visitors Bureau, 800-652-9435.