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Old 08-07-2010, 07:03 PM
 
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In the fall spend a weekend at a Nebraska City bed and breakfast --if you like events do the applejack festival - -if you want quiet scenery just go to a bed and breakfast and enjoy the fall leaves.

In the summer Lake Okoboji is always fun - the breezes off that lake are very refreshing. Although it can be a little "touristy". -- Big Spirit lake is nearby and less developed if you want more quiet.

If you want a day trip with your kids that is educational go to Desoto Bend during migration season (fall) -- and check out the Bertrand exhibit. (The Bertrand was a steamship that sank in the 1860's -- they dug it up in the 1970's and found all the stuff on it remarkably preserved. )
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:34 PM
 
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These are great suggestions! It makes me wish I were already in Omaha... Soon enough hopefully .
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:09 PM
 
Location: La Crosse, WI
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My sis would drive Omaha to La Crosse (WI) quite often just for weekends of binge drinking, partying and taking home cheap men... Its about 5.5hrs... I've done the La Crosse to Denver, CO drive in one day. Leave at 9am and get there at midnight...long day but it can be done. I can be out to Rapid in less then 10 hrs.

Around here the interstate system is very quick and straight. Only thing stopping you is the cops.

I know when we crossed the Colorado border on I80 it was like we were in the desert. Basically there is a boundary (it varies) in that North Platte area where the air is a lot drier due to the loss of Gulf of Mexico moisture (call it a dry line). Also you really start to gain elevation as you approach CO. I think the highest pt in NE is somewhere in there (5000ft?)...

Omaha to Cheyenne is just under 500 miles... figure 85mph (traffic FLIES on I80 west of Omaha) and you could be there in 6hrs (one stop)... I remember cruising along at 80mph on i80 and i was getting passed by everyone...some vehicles were easily going about 90mph...they were also guzzling excessive amts of fuel because they would recatch up with me again and again and fly past me.

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Old 08-08-2010, 06:25 AM
 
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My sis would drive Omaha to La Crosse (WI) quite often just for weekends of binge drinking, partying and taking home cheap men...
Lol. Your sis and I would have gotten along swimmingly in my younger years!
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: La Crosse, WI
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One thing i guess i would add... You might think about poking your eyes out... bring lots of music if you plan on driving across Iowa or SD... Very very very flat and boring. Iowa is a big cornfield. SD does get interesting towards the middle of the state (Missouri River area)... If it wasn't for 10,000 billboards talking about Wall Drug...

Another quick trip is due north to Sioux Falls... Or a quick 2hr east to Des Moines.
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