Nebraska September 15, 2017
Here Are 13 Of The Very Best Things You Can Possibly Do In Nebraska This Season
Fall is that magical time in Nebraska when it’s neither too hot nor too cold; it may be all too brief some years, but we’ll enjoy it no matter how long it decides to stick around this year. These are some of our favorite things to do in Nebraska in the fall.
1. Go to the AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City.
This legendary festival typically attracts 60,000-80,000 people, and it's no wonder. It was named one of the top 10 harvest festivals in America by USA Today. It's happening this weekend, starting today, so get out there and enjoy one of the best fall parties ever.
Read more about the festival here
2. Go for a relaxing hike.
You're never far from a great walking or hiking trail in Nebraska. Fall is the perfect time to get out there and enjoy the cooler weather and changing leaves.
Here are five hikes to get you started
3. Enjoy the colorful foliage at our state parks.
Visiting a Nebraska State Park is a treat any time of the year, but in the fall they're decked out in their most beautiful colors and they're simply stunning. Pictured is Indian Cave State Park, which features miles of hiking trails and a gorgeous scenic overlook.
See more stunning pictures of our state parks in Autumn here
4. Visit an apple orchard.
5. Don't forget about the pumpkin patch!
The pumpkins will be ready a little later than the apples, which means that you get to have another fun family day out in the lovely fall weather! Nebraska has plenty of pumpkin patches from which to choose for your pumpkin-picking adventure.
6. Go on the 2017 Junk Jaunt.
The largest yard sale in Nebraska stretches over an amazing 300 miles and features anything and everything you could ever hope to find at a yard sale. The event gets bigger every year, and 2017 promises to be a fantastic adventure. The dates this year are September 22-24.
Read more about the Junk Jaunt here
7. Watch the leaves change.
Check out this article
for predictions on when and where the best leaf viewing will be this year. The map may come in handy for numbers 8, 9, and 10 on this list...
8. Take a road trip to see some of the prettiest foliage in Nebraska.
Although this is far from the only route that will show you beautiful fall foliage, it sure is a great drive. It'll take you four hours each way, so it might be best to plan it for a weekend.
See the road trip route here
9. ...Or try this fall foliage road trip route instead.
This road was our 2016 suggestion for a fall foliage road trip. It goes through south-central to southeast Nebraska (or the other way around) and features some of the most spectacular foliage you can imagine.
See the route here
10. ...Or just take a country drive.
No matter where you are in Nebraska, fall brings about some beautiful changes. Watch the harvest taking place, see the birds migrating to warmer climates, and take joy in seeing nature slowly change the landscape from sunny to subdued.
See five of our favorite country drives here
11. Spend a weekend in a cabin.
Fall is, in our opinion, the best time to stay in a rental cabin. The weather is perfect (especially if you're in a rustic place with no air conditioning)and the scenery is spectacular. If you're into hunting, a country cabin can be the perfect home base for your hunting trip.
Read about some of our favorite cabins here
12. Visit a charming little town.
We love Plattsmouth in Cass County. It's a sweet place all year, but in the fall it takes on an even more charming vibe. Shop at the local stores, enjoy a meal at one of the great little restaurants, and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
Read more about visiting Plattsmouth here
13. Sit down with a warm drink at a great coffee shop.
We've got tons of wonderful coffee shops all over Nebraska, and they're all perfect for relaxing with a latte and a pastry. Fall is such a great time to sit near the window and watch the world go by.
Read about 15 of our favorite coffee shops here
We’re so excited for fall this year. There’s so much to do that you might want to get started now just to be sure you have time for it all.
What’s your favorite fall activity in Nebraska? Tell us all about it in the comments!