From Itineraries Midwest Summer 2010 Issue.
Rediscover the classic road trip with a tour to Nebraska! Relive special memories of road trips past and make new memories along the way. No matter what type of trip you’re looking for, you’ll find the right mix to make your vacation memorable. Explore the wildlife and agriculture that Nebraska is known for, be a cowboy for a day, ride in a covered wagon around Chimney Rock or follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. If you prefer the fine arts and nightlife, your group can explore the performing arts and festivals year-round, plus so much more. Nebraska loves their tour groups – so what are you waiting for? Read on to discover all Nebraska has to offer for group tours of any type.
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
Visit an unforgettable Wonder of the Natural World; Ashfall Fossil Beds, located in northeast Nebraska. See three-dimensional preserved fossil skeletons of ancient animals locked in their death poses; this is an actual fossil site that is actively excavated. Victims of a massive volcanic ash storm, the remarkable remains are left as found, for viewing. Protected by a 17,500 square foot “Rhino Barn”, the building also provides comfort for guests. Sixty minutes from the Johnny Carson exhibits in Norfolk – 30 minutes from the Neligh Mill in Neligh – 30 minutes from Kreycik’s Elk and Bison Ranch, and only 5 minutes from Green Gables Country Restaurant. An ideal itinerary for a day trip motor coach tour. New discoveries every summer. The park is open seasonally. Guided tours by reservation. WWW.ASHFALL.UNL.EDU or (402) 893-2000 for more information.
With a rich mix of history and modern growth, Sidney, Nebraska offers plenty to see and enjoy. Witness some of that history at the Fort Sidney Museum and the Post Commanders Home. To experience the “Wild West” attend the Gold Rush Days Celebration. It’s fun for the whole group. If you’d prefer a more modern tour, Sidney has many activities and celebrations to enjoy such as a championship 18-hole golf course, a disc golf course, a shooting park and a full service community center. One of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations and the Rod N Roll show are held in October. www.sidneycheyennecountytourism.com
Fremont & Dodge County
Get on your way to Fremont in Dodge County, Nebraska today! Enjoy one of a kind experiences, such as a ride down the Platte River with Bryson’s Airboat Tours. Take a step back in time to travel the Elkhorn Valley on the Fremont Dinner Train, while enjoying music and movies from long ago, or ride the Fremont Elkhorn Valley Railroad in vintage 1920s rail cars. Shop Eastern Nebraska’s Antique Capital in Historic Downtown Fremont or take a nice drive to Harold & Leona’s Antique Museum in North Bend. Refresh with a visit to Fremont! www.fdcvb.org
Grand Island, Nebraska, is located in the beautiful Platte River Valley within a day’s drive of all major Midwest cities and halfway to everywhere in the continental United States. A tour mix of agriculture, wildlife, history and manufacturing draws visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. Home to award winning events, nationally recognized attractions and the internationally acclaimed Sandhill Crane Spring Migration and Husker Harvest Days. Personal attention, customized itineraries and complimentary services let planners enjoy more and worry a little less…Grand Island: where hospitality is our passion not just a slogan. www.visitgrandisland.com
Harold Warp Pioneer Village
“See How America Grew” at the Harold Warp Pioneer Village. Over 50,000 historic items are displayed in 26 buildings. An 1889 steam locomotive graces the “Village Green”. 20 historic flying machines from the early years to America’s first jet are here. With 350 cars, ranging from an 1897 Steam Carriage to a 1994 Pontiac Firebird, you will experience America’s love for the automobile. Just 10 minutes off I-80 at exit 279, the diversity of this all-inclusive destination in Minden, NE will interest every guest. To better serve you, a motel, campground, restaurant and lounge adjoin the museum. Proudly serving the group traveler for 57 years. www.pioneervillage.org
The variety of Ag based workshops and experiences in and around Hastings, Nebraska will leave attendees with a greater appreciation of their natural surroundings. The Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning (www.prairieloft.org) will be the perfect spot for groups to hear presentations and do hands-on activities involving outdoor and agriculture related topics. The historic barns will be the perfect setting for a BBQ, barn dance and campfire under the clear night sky. Attendees will also enjoy wildlife viewing along the Platte River at the Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center, (www.nebraskanature.org) during the annual Sandhill Crane migration or throughout the year. Additionally, the US Meat and Animal Research Center (www.ars.usda.gov) will give you a greater understanding of research being done to ensure quality in agricultural production, assessing America’s nutritional needs and enhancing our natural resource base and the environment. www.visithastingsnebraska.com
From great attractions and restaurants to hot rates on group hotels, Kearney has it all for your group. Kearney is a treasure trove of museums, including the Museum of Nebraska Art, home to the State’s official art collection, the Trails & Rails Museum and Great Platte River Road Archway described by the Miami Herald as a “splashy, brassy history museum that uses film, computer graphics, light and sound, life-size dioramas, re-enactors and classic cars to document over 150 years of transportation and communication across America.” The Archway brings the westward migration to life. Kearney is also home to Cabela’s, whose 35,000 square foot showroom is an educational and entertaining attraction. www.visitkearney.org
Nebraska City takes its beautiful trees seriously. Although best known for their lush fall foliage and apple harvests, you can experience the splendor of Arbor Day’s Hometown year-round. Visit NebraskaCity.com for sample itineraries featuring the area’s best eclectic shops, orchards, wineries, recreation, and world-class lodging opportunities. Choose from 11 museums: Civil War to Victorian Manor, a 50-foot tree house, or a walk in the shoes of Lewis and Clark. www.nebraskacity.com
North Platte’s most famous resident, Buffalo Bill welcomes your group to his home at the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. This is the first part of a tour package North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau coordinates for group tours called “Ride with the Wild Bunch”. The evening is topped off with a BBQ, shoot out and entertainment from a cowboy band. The next morning see the sunrise atop the eighth floor of the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center and watch 15,000 rail cars pass by each day. Contact the CVB for reservations at 800-955-4528.
12 Countries without a Passport Omaha’s year-round Ethnic Group Tour allows visitors to experience 12 countries without a passport, all while visiting Omaha! Groups can dine in Cuba, dance in Ireland, have tea in China and enjoy dessert in Lithuania. Sing along at a German Oktoberfest celebration, admire Hindu architecture and enjoy the colorful performance of Mexican folk dancers. Learn the art of Kolache making, feast on a traditional Swedish smorgasbord and feel like royalty as Scottish dancers entertain inside a majestic castle. Located in the center of the country, Omaha offers affordability, accessibility and Midwestern hospitality – no passport required. www.visitomaha.com
Sarpy County Nebraska, located between Lincoln & Omaha on I-80.
Enjoy Sarpy County attractions and Metro area attractions. Home of 24 great hotels, including Embassy Suites Omaha- La Vista, which is ranked the #1 Embassy Suites in the World! The Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha La Vista is ranked #10 in the World. Free motorcoach parking at all properties! Home of great attractions including Fontenelle Forest and the Holy Family Shrine, nine challenging golf courses, a wonderful winery, great shopping, city festivals, and great fun! We invite you to Stay and Play in Sarpy County Nebraska! www.gosarpy.com
Scotts Bluff County
Find the perfect place to begin your next exploration. Two towering monuments of sandstone mark the way. Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock let you know you’re on the original road west, just as they did for the fur trappers, Pony Express riders and the half a million pioneers who came before you. Trailblazers have always been welcome here. People who want to leave the beaten path and find their own adventures. Those twin beacons of sandstone are calling you now. Touch the wagon wheel ruts of the Oregon Trail. Hike in history’s footsteps, and follow your own destiny. This is Nebraska like you’ve never seen it. www.visitscottsbluff.com
Wilber Czech Days
The Wilber Czech Days festival is one of the largest in the Midwest, with four days of activities including parades, the Miss Czech Slovak U.S. competition, polka bands from all over the United States, dancing, authentic Czech/Slovak food, vendors from around the globe, demonstrations and a Czech Historical Pageant not to be missed. Visit www.ci.wilber.ne.us or call 1-888-4WILBER for more information.
We invite you to experience York, and enjoy the rich heritage awaiting you in the communities of York County. York is an area steeped in history, and is the proud home to a million-dollar marble collection, a nationally acclaimed restaurant, live theater, and home to one of the four founding members of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy Awards. Please come often, and let us entertain you! www.yorkvisitors.org or 888-SEE-YORK.