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 […]

Who needs Route 66? Nebraskans can get their kicks along the Lincoln Highway

Nebraska is one of the states chosen to host a portion of the Lincoln Highway – the first transcontinental highway in the United States. US Highway 30 runs the entire state, from Blair on the east side to past Sidney, near the Wyoming border. The Nebraska section of Highway 30 is among the longest in the country, […]

10 things to do in Nebraska

Nebraska IS “The Good Life.” This is a very popular slogan with us. Nebraska has a lot of interesting attractions – both historical and cultural. Of course, most people probably recognize Nebraska as home to the Huskers or one of the world’s best zoos. But, we have a lot to offer. I recently made a […]

Classic cars galore at Kearney museum

The Classic Car Collection in Kearney should be on everyone’s to-do list when traveling in central Nebraska. We stopped in on a whim during our trip to western Nebraska. Lisa needed to get a stamp from the museum for the Nebraska Passport travel promotion program. The plan was to get the stamp and then head […]

Hampton Inn offers comfortable stay in Kearney

Hampton Inn in Kearney, Nebraska, is new to the area, but already looks like it will be popular with visitors. We stayed at the hotel during a recent trip to central Nebraska. The hotel was hosting several youth basketball teams, since the city was hosting a large tournament. The neat thing about the hotel was […]

Kearney Archway offers “look” into westward migration

Designed as a tribute to Nebraska’s pioneer history and the role the Platte River valley played in American westward expansion, the Kearney Archway has not quite succeeded in its goals. Officially named the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, the museum has struggled financially almost from the start. It recently filed for bankruptcy protection. It […]

Crane Watch 2013

Up to half a million Sandhill Cranes visit central Nebraska annually. They are a magnificent sight to see. Cranes are gray with a red crown on their head. Their height ranges from 2.5 feet to almost 4 feet. They weigh 8-10 lbs. The wingspan can range between 5 -7 feet. Sandhill Cranes have migrated through […]

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