This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Nebraska Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
Ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure? If so, you’re in the right place! We’ve mapped out a trip that will take you on a circular route through some of the best natural wonders in Nebraska. We’ve even worked in some scenic byways between the stops. And though our map begins and ends at Smith Falls, you can hop onto (or off of) the route at any point. So, read on and prepare for one of the best outdoor adventures in Nebraska!
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This trip is a long one. The drive itself is 14 hours, and obviously stopping to experience the sights will take even longer. And remember, you’ll need a parks pass to access most of the sites. We recommend going on a long weekend, so you have time to enjoy all of these incredible natural wonders in Nebraska. Pack a weekend bag, grab a cooler full of snacks, and jump in the car – you’re about to experience some of the most beautiful natural wonders in Nebraska.
You can find the map, along with step-by-step directions, here.
A short trip from Valentine NWR to Smith Falls brings you right back to where you started. This road trip was all about natural wonders in Nebraska, but if you have extra time, we would definitely suggest taking side trips as you see interesting places pop up along the way. Every small town has a story to tell, and every park and recreation area has its own special characteristics. We couldn’t fit every possible stop into one map, so be spontaneous if you can, and let the road take you where it will. If you decide to do our Nebraska road trip, be sure to leave a comment telling us all about it!
Address: Smith Falls, Valentine, NE 69221, USA
Address: 39983 Refuge Rd, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
Address: Snake River Falls, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
Address: Whiteclay, NE 69360, USA
Address: Harrison, NE 69346, USA
Address: 190276 Old Oregon Trail, Gering, NE 69341, USA
Address: Chimney Rock, West Bayard, NE 69334, USA
Address: Bridgeport, NE 69336, USA
Address: Broken Bow, NE 68822, USA
Address: 39679 Pony Lake Road, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
As a lifelong Nebraskan, Delana loves discovering the many hidden treasures of her state. She has worked as a writer and editor since 2007. Delana's work has been featured on more than a dozen websites and in Nebraska Life Magazine.