Annual Sandhill crane viewing trip adds more central Nebraska sightseeing

What goes with crane viewing? A nice vanilla bean latte from Grand Island’s The Chocolate Bar, for one. We combined a side trip to Grand Island with our annual crane watching trip. While we can spend hours and hours watching the beautiful birds enjoy their time in central Nebraska, we thought we’d combine it with […]

Sandhill cranes hanging out in Nebraska

They’re baaaccckkk! And it’s a beautiful sight. Sandhill cranes have started their annual migration through the Central Flyway, which encompasses about 100 miles of Nebraska’s Platte River valley. The prehistoric birds have migrated to roost among the river’s sandbars between Grand Island and North Platte for thousands of years. Kearney is considered Ground Zero for […]

4 fun day trip ideas from Omaha

As the summer travel season winds down, you may still have the itch to get out of town, but not want to drop a lot of green to do it. What’s a person to do? How about checking cities and attractions within a tank of gas from Omaha? Day trips can be fun and economical. […]

Cartoon characters are the stars at Fred’s Flying Circus

    Shrek, Smurfette, Snoopy and Tweety Bird all call Grand Island, Nebraska, home. That is, their models do. Fred’s Flying Circus has these and other cartoon characters standing high above the ground as part of “auto art.” Fred Schritt, a native Grand Islander, has been building cartoon cars for several decades. He displays them […]

Taking in the ponies at Grand Island’s Fonner Park

Nebraska was once a major player in live horse racing. The track season would rotate between 5-6 tracks around the state. However, other gaming and entertainment ventures came along and put a huge dent in the industry. Eventually, some tracks faded into memory – Aksarben in Omaha and Atokad in South Sioux City were among […]

Grand Island’s Fairfield Inn and Suites is a comfy stay

It’s difficult to go wrong staying at a Marriott hotel property. We enjoyed our stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Grand Island, Nebraska. We stayed in a suite. The living room was separated from the bedroom, but the suite is open, so there were no real walls between the rooms. The living room […]

Diversity is the name of the game for dining in Grand Island

  Grand Island has a diverse population. The diversity flows over to its restaurants. We had the opportunity to travel to Latin America and Italy through our taste buds. It was recommended to check out La Milagrosa near downtown. The Cuban restaurant has everything listed in Spanish. The staff speaks Spanish. We ordered a pork […]

Pioneer spirit lives on at Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum

Nebraskans are proud of our pioneer heritage and spirit. That heritage is on display at Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. The museum offers a look at Nebraska’s history through artifacts and a living history exhibit. Visitors are greeted by an old train engine and a couple of cars near the museum’s entrance. […]

Check out Henry Fonda’s hometown in Grand Island and stay for the attractions

I’ve never hidden my pride of being a Nebraskan. People can attest to that when I quickly say so-and-so is from Nebraska, etc. So, the chance to visit the hometown of a great Nebraska legend like Henry Fonda? Yes, please. Thus, began a weekend visit to Grand Island. Grand Island is the fourth largest city […]

Early morning tour highlights Sandhill crane viewing trip

4:30 a.m. is early. Who in their right mind gets up at 4:30 a.m. on a weekend? Um, us. It’s our annual trek to central Nebraska to check out the migration of the Sandhill crane. The cranes are in the middle of their spring migration from their winter homes in the south to their natural […]

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