Omaha & Northeast Nebraska Tour

NEBRASKA AUTO TOUR 2

In 1804 Lewis and Clark explored America the Beautiful along the scenic Missouri River in today’s Northeast Nebraska. Today’s visitors can enjoy great cities, friendly people and unique outdoor recreation opportunities!

1. Omaha

Downtown area includes: Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters and Visitor Center, Joslyn Art Museum (Bodmer Collection), Durham Museum, Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Lewis & Clark Landing and Riverfront Trail, Heartland of America Park, First National’s Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park, Old Market Entertainment District, CenturyLink Center Omaha and TD Ameritrade Park.

South Omaha includes: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Lauritzen Gardens & Kenefick Park.

North Omaha includes: Freedom Park, Miller’s Landing, the Mormon Trail Center and NP Dodge Park & Marina.

2. Fort Calhoun

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, a re-created 1820’s frontier outpost is at the historic site of the First Council between Lewis & Clark and Native Americans from the Otoe and Missouria tribes. Today the Fort has been re-created to be authentic in every detail and features displays, artifacts, a theater and historical re-enactments the first weekend of every month during the summer and fall. The town of Fort Calhoun also features the Washington County Museum. Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge Center is nearby.

3. Blair

Includes the Tower of the Winds Monument, Cottonwood Marina and Riverfront Park.

4. Tekamah & Decatur

Summit Lake State Recreation Area on Hwy 32 east, includes camping, fishing and hiking. Missouri River access and camping at Book Park in Decatur.

 

5. Macy

Omaha Indian Reservation, Blackbird Hill Scenic Overlook, Annual Powwow. Blackbird Hill is where Lewis and Clark paid tribute at the grave of Chief Blackbird.

6. Winnebago

Winnebago Indian Reservation, Woodland Trails, Honoring-The-Clans Sculpture Garden and Cultural Plaza, Cultural Center & Museum and Annual Powwow.

7. Dakota City

Picturesque town on US 77 features Cottonwood Cove Park.

8. South Sioux City

Includes Crystal Cove Park.

9. Ponca

North of City of Ponca is Ponca State Park, the Gateway to the Missouri National Recreational River. The 2,166-acre Park features interpretative programs conference and educational center, modern cabins, modern campgrounds, scenic trails, horse-back trail rides, swimming pool, special events, hiking, picnicking, golf course, and boat ramp access to the Missouri River.

10. Crofton

Trail travelers will want to visit the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center. The area also includes Lewis and Clark Lake and the Shannon Trail experience, named for Pvt. George Shannon of the Lewis and Clark Expedition who was lost in the area for 15 days.

11. Lewis & Clark Lake State Recreation Area

4-miles west of NE 121 & R54C. Includes 5 recreation areas: Weigand-Burbach, Bloomfield, Miller Creek, Deep Water, and South Shore. Weigand-Burbach has full service marina, modern cabins, camping, boat ramps, playgrounds, etc. Other sites have boat ramps, camping, hiking, horseback trail, etc.

12. Santee

Santee Sioux Indian Reservation, annual powwow. Pvt. George Shannon of the Lewis and Clark expedition was lost in this area for 15 days.

13. Niobrara

Includes Kreycik River-view Elk Ranch, Ponca Tribal Museum and the Chief Standing Bear Memorial Bridge Turnout. Niobrara State Park – at NE-12 is nearby. The 1,314-acre Park features modern cabins, group conference facilities, modern campgrounds, swimming, horseback trail rides, and boat access to the Missouri River.

14. Lynch

Near the site where Lewis and Clark first saw prairie dogs at the “Old Baldy Landmark.”

15. Norfolk

The eastern trailhead to the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail. Also includes Aquaventure Water Park, the Norfolk Arts Center, and the Elkhorn Valley Museum featuring the fun Johnny Carson Gallery celebrating Norfolk’s famous native son.

16. Bancroft

Features the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site with exhibits on the history of the Great Plains and Nebraska’s famous poet laureate.

17. Fremont

Features Gallery 72 West and a number of antique boutiques, the Nebraska Railroad Museum and excursions aboard the Fremont & Elkhorn Railroad, and Splash Station water park. Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area is nearby with fishing, swimming, boating and picnicking.

18. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Just off I-80 at Exit 426. 690-acre state park overlooking the Platte River features lodge, group and conference facilities, modern cabins, dining, family aquatic center, water slides, wave pool, sports fields, trail rides, crafts, fishing, picnicking, hiking, 70-ft. observation tower, nature conservancy, and live theater. Year round activities. Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, near Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, is a wildlife adventure amidst herds of buffalo, elk, deer and antelope, and a walking trail where you’ll see wolves and bears. The Strategic Air & Space Museum is nearby.

19. Schramm Park State Recreation Area

6-miles south of I-80 exit 432. Home of Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium & Museum.

20. Platte River State Park

Near Louisville on NE-50. Features include modern cabins, conference facilities, seasonal restaurant, teepee village, lodging, swimming, hiking, paddle boats, archery, horseback trail rides, Platte River view-scapes, and some of the best bike trails in the area.

21. Bellevue

Features the beautiful Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Gifford Farm Education Center, Sarpy County Historical Museum, historic home tours and the Bellevue Pioneer Cemetery, the final resting place of Chief Big Elk, the last full-blooded chief of the Omaha Tribe. Bellevue’s Haworth Park is on the west bank of the Missouri River and features a Lewis and Clark-themed Children’s Interpretive Art Wall.

For more information, go to: OutdoorNebraska.gov / VisitCassCounty.com / GoSarpy.com