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Old 06-20-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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We will be traveling through Nebraska in a couple of months on I-80. Any suggestions on things to do along this route. Our ten year old son will be with us. Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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Harold Warp's Pioneer Village in Minden NE is a great place to enjoy viewing the history of the past. It can take a long time to go through all of the buildings and view everything that's there, so you have to plan accordingly and spend your time wisely,,,,, could spend a couple of days there.

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Old 06-21-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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Harold Warp's Pioneer Village in Minden NE is a great place to enjoy viewing the history of the past. It can take a long time to go through all of the buildings and view everything that's there, so you have to plan accordingly and spend your time wisely,,,,, could spend a couple of days there.

Pioneer Village

Harold Warp Pioneer Village - Minden - Reviews of Harold Warp Pioneer Village - TripAdvisor
I have been at Pioneer Village several times and can get enough. There is also a restaurant near and also a motel.

It's a must see.

Note; Pioneer Village has been having issues with taxes and said that they would have to close if they had to pay. Call ahead to make sure they are open.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:59 AM
 
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I would stop at Cabela's sporting goods store in Sidney. This is the first Cabela's, built in 1991. If you are not a Cabela's customer then pass it up.

The wife and I were in Hell Michigan and over heard a couple of bikers talking about riding through Nebraska in the next few days. They said that riding through Nebraska was real hell. Long and flat with nothing to see. They were right. It's similar to driving through west Texas except Nebraska will be green.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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I would stop at Cabela's sporting goods store in Sidney. This is the first Cabela's, built in 1991. If you are not a Cabela's customer then pass it up.

The wife and I were in Hell Michigan and over heard a couple of bikers talking about riding through Nebraska in the next few days. They said that riding through Nebraska was real hell. Long and flat with nothing to see. They were right. It's similar to driving through west Texas except Nebraska will be green.



....and gold. You'll probably pass through some Nebraska wheat fields in the southwestern/western parts of the state.

Better to see some kind of vegetation/cropland, than nothing at all.....like Nevada.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:29 PM
 
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Ole's Big Game Steakhouse is interesting.
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:22 AM
 
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I would stop at Cabela's sporting goods store in Sidney. This is the first Cabela's, built in 1991. If you are not a Cabela's customer then pass it up.

The wife and I were in Hell Michigan and over heard a couple of bikers talking about riding through Nebraska in the next few days. They said that riding through Nebraska was real hell. Long and flat with nothing to see. They were right. It's similar to driving through west Texas except Nebraska will be green.
Wrong date. Dick Cabela started the business in 1963 in Chappell, NE and moved to Sidney in 1969. That was the first of many stores. I bought many items through their mail order catalog back in those days. I'm sure there has been remodeling of the original store but it was there long before 1991.
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:31 AM
 
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Ole's is in Paxton, a little town between North Platte and Ogallala. Ole was a big game hunter and had the animals stuffed and mounted. They look like they're alive.

10 year old boy with you? Well there's an Air and Space Museum at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. It has a simulator the kids can ride. Omaha also has Henry Dorley Zoo which is pretty extenssive and has a tropical rainforest inside a dome.

Aurora near Grand Island has the Edgerton Center full of scientific gadgets. Mr. Edgerton was an inventor who grew up in Aurora.

Grand Island has got Stuhr Museum which features a town of about 1890 with people in period costume and also a Pawnee Indian earth lodge. Grand Island also has Kids Kingdom in Stolley Park. It was designed by children and has a train that takes the kids for a ride. If you happen to be at the end of August the Nebraska State Fair is in Grand Island. The grounds and buildings are brand new and said to be the best in the nation. On the more mundane side Grand Island also has a water park.

Hastings also has a water park and Hastings Museum which has a planeterium and I think a mock-up of a space capsule. It also has a large superscreen that shows educational movies.

Kearney has the Great Platte River Road Archway spanning the Interstate. You go through it and begin with the first explorers and wagon trains and go through the decades as you pass through the Archway.

Nebraska has some of the best rest stops in the nation and probably the best stop in Nebraska is at Maxwell. 2 miles south of the Maxwell I-80 exit is Ft. McPhearson National Cemetery and a mile further down the road is a statue of a soldier marking the location of the original Fort McPhearson. Go 3 miles north from the Maxwell exit and you will be where Platte Valley ends and the Nebraska Sand Hills begin. Off to the right (east) is a microwave tower. Off to the right (west) climb to the top of the hill for a personal favorite of mine: a scednic view of the Platte Valley. Turn around and you can see the Sand Hills. The cedar-covered ridge on the south side of the Platte Valley was sacred to the Sioux.

Right off the Interstate at North Platte is Fort Cody Trading Post where you can buy such things as rock candy and a peace pipe and other souvineers of where the West begins. On the north side of North Platte is Scouts Rest Ranch featuring Buffalo Bill Cody's home. Down by the rail yard is the Golden Spike "Tower" that gives a view of Bailey Rail Yard--one of the largest in the world. South of North Platte and a little to the east is Sioux Lookout. It's the highest point around. The Indians used to get up there and could see the wagon trains coming three days away.

Ole's in Paxton has already been mentioned. The food is said to be pretty good.

Ogallala has Lake McConaughey (Muh Kahnuh hay) (Big Mac) which is the local ocean. Good sandy beaches. Can rent boats. Kingsly Dam at the east end of Big Mac is the largest earthen dam in the world. Near the west end of the lake a town was flooded when the lake was built and sometimes the water is shallow enough you can see it.

You're going to get hungry. Runza is native to Nebraska. Taco Johns has some of the best Mexican food. While you're in Nebraska make sure to stop at a Valentino's (one in any town over 10,000) for the best pizza and pasta. Although at Cozad there is Bella Italia said to be even better. The story behind Bella Italia in Cozad is that a young girl from Nebraska went to New York to see the Big City. A young man from Italy studied from the best chefs and went to New York to command the highest salary at the most famous restaurants in the world. Then he met the girl from Nebraska and she got homesick. He had to choose between love or money. He chose love.

That should give you a good start.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:06 AM
 
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Wrong date. Dick Cabela started the business in 1963 in Chappell, NE and moved to Sidney in 1969. That was the first of many stores. I bought many items through their mail order catalog back in those days. I'm sure there has been remodeling of the original store but it was there long before 1991.
I stand corrected. I just used the date on the Webb page for the Sidney location.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:56 AM
 
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Don't forget that Omaha has the Henry Doorly Zoo which is one of the best in the nation.... It's a must see and you can spend days visiting all of the zoo areas.

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