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From wild bison to dinosaur fossils, and train-yard museums to go-kart tracks, Western Nebraska provides excellent options for memorable family vacations.

Badlands Storage, LLC

Harrison Area
Badlands Storage in Harrison have short term unit rental available for motorcyclists who wish to park their bikes in a safe and secure unit while touring the NW Nebraska Badlands and Pine Ridges . 4 wheeler and side-by-side rentals for gravel road touring; advanced reservations required

308-665-1886

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Calinda’s Pot Shop & Art Gallery

Ashby Area

308-458-8051

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Carhenge

Alliance Area
Two-and-a-half miles north of Alliance on Highway 87, Carhenge is perhaps the strangest attraction in Nebraska. The full-scale replica of England’s famous Stonehenge is built entirely from old cars. Carhenge is built from 38 cars, painted gray.

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Dawes County Historical Society, Inc. Museum

Chadron Area

308-432-4999

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Dusty Trails LLC

North Platte
Dusty Trails is the ideal location for outdoor adventure. Providing opportunities for horseback riding, tanking, tubing, canoeing, or kayaking down the North Platte River. At the end of the day there is always the option of the petting zoo.

308-530-0048

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Fort Robinson State Park

Crawford Area
Fort Robinson State Park is one of Nebraska’s most popular attractions. Visitors can enjoy cookouts, trail rides, hiking, and a summer repertory theater at the Post Playhouse. Fort Robinson is open mid-April through mid-November. A state park permit is required.

Camping, Hiking, Horseback Riding,

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Golden Spike Tower

North Platte
In 1995, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard as the world’s largest railroad classification yard. It has since grown by 25 percent. It stretches eight miles and covers nearly 3,000 acres. More than 15,000 cars pass through daily.

308-532-9920

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High Plains Homestead, LLC

Crawford
Enjoy our fully furnished 1880's village and Mercantile shop in the amazing Nebraska badlands. "glamping" rooms and camping available.
263 Sandcreek Road
Crawford NE 69339

308-665-2592

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Horizons Without Bounds, LLC

Alliance Area
Agri/Eco/Scenery tourism. Trips of hours/days. Participate in direct, personal conversations with farmers and ranchers about their multi-generational ranches. Get on a horse or in a combine. Cranes, prairie chickens, elk, deer, kayak/canoe/tank rivers. From Anywhere - To Anywhere.

308-379-3261

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Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center

Harrison Area
Albert Meng and Bill Hudson discovered ancient bones belonging to more than 600 bison. Nearly 50 years later, Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center is open to the public and the 10,000-year-old bones are still being studied. Open mid-May through September.

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Legacy of the Plains Museum

Gering Area
Located on the Oregon Trail, the Legacy of the Plains Museum features an impressive newly renovated exhibit hall featuring hands-on interactives; collections of pioneer and early community artifacts, antique tractors, and farm implements. All with striking views of ScottsBluff National Monument.

308-436-1989

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Museum of the Fur Trade

Chadron Area
The Museum of the Fur Trade is located at the site of a trading post operated by the American Fur Company from 1837 to 1876. The museum’s three galleries interpret the fur trade from early colonial days to the 20th century. The museum is open May 1 - Oct. 31 or by appointment.

308-432-3843

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Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

North Platte Area
Working to preserve natural resources, the Nebraska Game and Parks provides education and management of lands, fish hatcheries, and regulation of hunting or fishing.
301 East State Farm Rd
North Platte, NE 69101

308-535-8025

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Nebraska National Forest – Bessey Ranger District

Halsey Area
This district of the Nebraska National Forest covers more than 90,000 acres, and is the largest hand-planted forest in the world. It is a favorite place for camping, ATV-ing, horseback riding, hiking and picnicking. The lookout tower offers a panoramic view of the surrounding forest and hills.

(308) 533-2257

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Nebraska National Forest – Pine Ridge Ranger District

Chadron Area
South of Chadron and surrounding nearby Crawford are approximately 80 miles of trails in the largest section of Nebraska’s National Forest. The 140,000 acres of the Pine Ridge Ranger District include breathtaking hiking, biking and horseback-riding through wide-open spaces.

308-432-0300

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Our Heritage Guest Ranch

Crawford
Sixteen miles northwest of Crawford and a quick jump from Toadstool Geologic Park is Our Heritage Guest Ranch. Riding lessons are available and there are 26 indoor stalls, and several paddocks and corrals to board horses. The rides take you over 3,600 acres abundant with wildlife.
PO Box 48
1041 Toadstool Rd.
Crawford NE 69339

(308) 430-1239

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Potter Duckpin Bowling/ Lions Club

Potter Area
This newly restored historic bowling alley is believed to be the only one west of the Mississippi River.
P.O. Box 67
Potter NE 69156

308-207-5908

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Potter Sundry

Potter, Sidney
The Potter Sundry is the “Home of the Tin Roof Sundae” – this famous sundae was created at the Sundry back in the 1930’s and named for the tin ceiling in the historic building.
Serving up Breakfast, Lunch and Dessert! Located in historic downtown Potter, NE just a minute off I-80 in West Nebraska

308-249-4548

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Riverside Discovery Center

Scottsbluff Area
Less than a 4 mile drive from the Scottsbluff National Monument, the Riverside Discovery Center is a fun family friendly Zoo that is open year round. It also has a splash pad that is open in the summer, a dino dig play area and petting zoo. It is AZA accredited and the only Zoo in Western Nebraska.

308-630-6236

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The Mammoth Site

Just north of the Nebraska border, North America’s most fascinating Ice Age treasures can be found at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota. Visitors will be treated to a tour of the world’s largest mammoth research facility and experience an active paleontological dig site.

(605) 745-6017

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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Harrison Area
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is home to an important collection of Native American artifacts. Visitors can walk among the fossils of ancient animals. Located 22 miles south of Harrison or 34 miles north of Mitchell on Highway 29.

308-436-9790

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Arthur Bowring Ranch State Historical Park

Valentine Area
Arthur Bowring Ranch State Historical Park is a 7,202-acre ranch. Buildings and grounds are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The grounds are open from 9 a.m. to sunset the rest of the year.

Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

North Platte
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park showcases the restored 1880s Victorian home, horse barn and outbuildings of William F. Cody’s famous Scout’s Rest Ranch. The site features Wild West Show memorabilia, period household furnishings, picnic areas and walking trails.

Cody Go Karts

North Platte
Cody Go-Karts has fun for the entire family. They Feature go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, water slides, kiddie slides, an arcade, and so much more!

Cody Park Railroad Musuem

North Platte
The Union Pacific Railroad displays two of it's largest locomotives and a railroad museum. The locomotives are an interactive steam and diesel engine.

Dobby’s Frontier Town

Alliance Area
Dobby’s Frontier Town, is a historic village with buildings from the 1890s through Prohibition. Kenneth “Dobby” Lee lamented the decay of early frontier buildings, so he began hauling them to his Alliance home to save them. The buildings include a general store, log cabin, saloon and more!

Fort Cody Trading Post

North Platte
When viewed from the outside it looks like a frontier log stockade complete with authentically-dressed mannequins with toy rifles standing guard. Inside it’s a combination gift shop and museum, with authentic Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild West memorabilia, and a miniature mechanized Wild West Show.

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Valentine Area
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge is home to herds of bison and elk. A 3.5-mile driving tour provides up close views. The bison are often encountered crossing the refuge road. While near the herds, stay in your car. A bison bull can weigh a ton and moves with astonishing speed.

Frederick Peak Golf Club

Valentine Area
Frederick Peak is unique 10 hole course set in scenic hills and was designed by golfing legend Tom Lehman.

Heartland Elk Guest Ranch

Valentine
Our cabins are a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. All of our fully-furnished cabins are nestled in a native Pine forest and have amazing views of nature in every direction. The layout of the cabins is equally perfect for a quiet family getaway.
90236 SPARKS RIVER ROAD
VALENTINE, NE 69201

402-376-2553

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Knight Museum & Sandhills Center

Alliance Area
Displays at the 19,000-square-foot Knight Museum and Sandhills Center span many aspects of western life, including an extensive display of Native American artifacts, railroad memorabilia, military history, homestead and ranch life, and the various cultures who shaped the area.

Lake Maloney

North Platte Area
A few miles south of North Platte, Lake Maloney with 1132 acres of state recreation area, gives access to fishing, boat ramps, beach areas, camping, golf, archery, wildlife watching, and trails.

Boating, Camping, Fishing, Swimming,

Lincoln County Historical Museum

North Platte
The North Platte Canteen is commemorated at the Lincoln County Historical Museum. The World War II canteen met every train and fed the service men and women who passed through the depot – about 6 million in all. The museum also features a village of historic buildings.

Merritt Reservoir

12345 W. 67th Street
This City, NE 12345

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Potter Area

Downtown Potter is just a minute’s drive from I-80. Unwind at city parks or at the Reading Garden beside the library downtown. In one of several restored historic buildings, Potter Sundry is an old-fashioned soda fountain serving homemade food and ice cream desserts.

Potter’s Pasture

North Platte
Potter’s Pasture consists of almost 100 miles of trails through 1,200 acres of hills and canyons, thick groves of trees, and native grasses south of North Platte.

Prairie Arts Center

North Platte
A renovated 1913 federal building complete with a grand entry hall, gift shop and gallery. The Prairie Arts Center hosts special exhibits, music performances, classes, and a variety of community events open to the public.

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Robidoux Trading Post

Gering Area
The sod-roofed building has been reconstructed with 100-year-old hand-hewn logs and period furnishings. It is located in beautiful Carter Canyon, on the original Oregon Trail route before travelers began using Mitchell Pass, known to settlers as Devil’s Gap.

Scottsbluff National Monument

Gering Area
Scotts Bluff is what remains of the ancient High Plains that were eroded by rivers over millions of years. The uniquely Nebraskan formation is part of the scenic Wildcat Hills. Fossilized remains of ancient rhinoceroses, horses, camels and other prehistoric creatures have been discovered here.

Sidney’s walking/biking paths

Sidney’s Deadwood Bike/Walking Trail starts near I-80 and continues past our soccer, baseball, and softball fields, a Pony Express Monument, Frisbee golf and three small lakes to Legion Park: a large, tree-shaded green space with picnic tables, playgrounds, gardens, and a war monument.

Smith Falls State Park

Valentine Area
One of the Niobrara River Valley’s many waterfalls, Smith Falls is the highest in the state. The spring-fed water drops almost 70 feet and then flows into the Niobrara River. A short hike and a walk across a historic truss bridge that spans the Niobrara River will take you to a walkway to the falls.

402-376-1306

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Toadstool Geologic Park

Harrison Area
Toadstool Geologic Park is regarded as a strange landscape within the grassland. Sediment layers deposited by ancient volcanoes have eroded at different rates, leaving sandstone formations perched on clay stems. Early residents referred to the formations as toadstools.

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Gering Area
This 531-acre park 10 miles south of Gering offers stunning panoramic views of the North Platte River Valley and 3 miles of trails. The rugged terrain is challenging and elevations approach 5,000 feet. A newly renovated nature center offers educational opportunities, interactive exhibits, and more.