Nebraska is not all just farmland and open prairie. Its distinct landscape can lull the fussiest vacationer into tranquility. State parks in the eastern part of the state offer clear waters and rolling hills, whereas the northwestern part of the state features unusual attractions, or venture along the Missouri River in the northern and eastern regions for some truly spectacular countryside. Drive a diesel RV or a gas RV; it will not matter. You will have the same great adventure.
Fort Robinson, in Harrison, is a former army fort and is now a National Historic Landmark. See the old post cemetery, blacksmith shop, and officer’s quarters. Purchase a self-guided tour book at the Landmark Store and visit as many of the historic structures as time permits. During the summer, explore the park by stagecoach or jeep. With over 20 miles of trails for biking and hiking, you are sure to come away with a sense of awe at all there is to do. Kayak or canoe on the river, or watch wildlife in its natural habitat. The shady campground welcomes motorhomes of all sizes.
Visit Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha or Gerald Ford’s birthplace and gardens. The Mormon Trail Center depicts the Mormon pioneers’ journey to the area as well as a cabin in which you can get a sense of how the immigrants lived. The Omaha Children’s Museum is a great place for the kids to enjoy a carousel and an indoor train ride. See a barn with a corn shoot, enjoy face painting, science show, and tinker lab.
In Kearney, pull out your bikes from the Class A toy hauler and journey down 16 miles of bike trails. See wildlife and wetlands on this fabulous nature trail. Start at Cottonmill Park and take the trail to Fort Kearny State Recreation Area or loop back around at any point along the way. If you choose not to bike, then, hike or jog. Stop for a picnic along the way to experience the full relaxation of the trail. In the spring, watch thousands of Sandhill Cranes touch down in the Platte River valley as they migrate northward to the Arctic. For an early morning spectacular, watch them take flight from the valley floor, or in the evening, see them alight.
Toadstool Geologic Park is in northwestern Nebraska in the Oglala National Grassland. Explore the fascinating geology, and see how the wind and water have contoured earth and rock into formations that are uniquely found in that type of environment. Fossilized remains of ancient wildlife are ever present. Some of the shapes are reminiscent of toadstools, which is how it got its name. A sod house has been re-created to show how people in the area once lived. The road to the site can be difficult when wet, but an RUV (recreational utility vehicle) would have little difficulty traversing it.
For scenic views of rivers, woods, and lakes in and from your RV, Nebraska State Parks give you a big present wrapped up in the gift of the outdoors with miles of trails to hike or bike. Fishing and river access are bonuses. The Class A motorhome or the Class C motorhome present you with all the coziness and well-being that you could possibly want while acting as a refuge against inclement weather, bugs or insistent wildlife.