Nebraska’s state slogan, “Nebraska is a state with plenty of room to wander. So kick back and take a look around.”  This road trip takes place in the southern part of this US State. Nebraska City, Brownville & Lincoln make up one of the best U.S. road trips. So, get out there and start wandering!

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Day 1

You must be hungry?

Lunch at Twisted Fork Grill & Bar in Omaha

Locals call it the “Fork”. Ecclectic grill meets saloon in Omaha’s historic Old Market District serving American comfort food with a “Cowboy Twist”.

Check into:

Start your road trip in Omaha then head to Nebraska City.

Check into: Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm

Day 2

You must be hungry

Breakfast at The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge

Local, sustainable food is served under soaring timbers and alongside sweeping views of Arbor Day Farm.

Lunch at Pie Garden Café

A boutique cafe set in the wilderness of Arbor Day Farm, with wine tastings, apple tastings, apple slushies, and light fare.

Dinner at The Timber Dining Room

French-Fried Brie with cranberry relish, fried parsley, lightly toasted bread slices, the Wild Isles Scottish Salmon curried carrot quinoa, brussels sprouts, preserved Meyer lemon remoulade, and the Seared 7 oz Filet with cauliflower-horseradish purée, butter-poached fingerling potatoes, asparagus, in a port reduction are just a few outstanding standouts on their menu.

Do it!

Book a tour or leisurely walk the Arbor Day Farm on your own time.

Arbor Day Farm consists of 260 acres, some of it wooded and some planted in domestic crops, including vineyards and orchards, spread across the rolling hills of the Missouri River Valley. Apples are the primary crop at Arbor Day Farm, peaches are also grown, as well as pears, blackberries, and tart cherries will be established. The property also includes the Historic Morton Barns, part of J. Sterling Morton’s original farm. They have been restored and are used for picnics, retreats, and weddings. The Apple House and Pie Garden Café provide a location for wine tastings, apple tastings, apple slushies, and other light fare.

Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure is a forested area and a pavilion that is at the heart of the Arbor Day Farm experience, including a bevy of walking trails. Another part of Arbor Day Farm is the Discovery Ride and Depot. Rides include a vineyard tour, a Preservation Orchard tour, a Twilight tour, and more.

Day 3

You must be hungry?

Breakfast at The Timber Lodge

Take full advantage of the restaurant’s breakfast buffet. Includes everything from pastries to apple-smoked bacon.

Lunch at Nebraska City’s The Keeping Room 

Historic Downtown Nebraska City, Nebraska … Part cafe, part shopping op, The Keeping Room melds antiques, holiday & home decor, food & drink and a seasonal menu of locally sourced produce. Eclectic at its finest!

Dinner at the River Inn Resort on the Missouri River in Brownville

Home cooked meals are the flavor here and served casually on deck.

Do it!

Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure and Discovery Ride is a great way to kick off the morning before heading out on to the next locale on your road trip iTinerary.

Heading out of Nebraska City, stop for an immersive tour at the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail & Visitor Center located next to the Missouri River (100 Valmont Dr.).

Don’t miss:  Tour the Old Freighters Museum in the middle of Nebraska City town, headquarters of Russell, Majors and Waddell, the largest freighting firm in the Old West (before the opening of the transcontinental railroad) and headquarters of the Pony Express.

Check into:

The River Inn Resort on the Missouri River in Brownville*

*For a unique accommodation experience:

Only a 10-minute stroll from Brownville, the River Inn Resort is an 18-room floating inn on the bank of the Missouri River. Hosts Jane and Randel Smith provide an outstanding experience and are very knowledgeable about all things Brownsville. The rooms aboard the River Inn Resort are modern and very comfortable. Each consists of a two-person leather sofa, desk with two, leather-covered tubular chairs, flat screen TV, and clothes closet. Each room contains a private bathroom with a spacious shower stall and a foyer with a small kitchenette, including coffee maker, small refrigerator, and sink. The room is centrally air-conditioned and heated. The Inn is 100% smoke-free and has wireless internet.

The Inn has all the creature comforts of a regular hotel. A deluxe breakfast each morning is included with a stay. The spacious, sunny second deck common area is the perfect place to relax and make conversation with the other river boaters. Games, books, magazines and binoculars are available for those who seek the quiet, simple pleasures of life.

Day 4

You must be hungry?

Breakfast on the River Inn Resort

Featuring eggs, pastries, and cereals.

Lunch at MoMo Pizzeria & Ristorante (7701 Pioneers Blvd.)

It’s all about pizza at Momo, as well as their specialty cocktails, wine and beers. Don’t miss their Tuna Crudo- to die for!

Dinner at The Parthenon

The Parthenon* is a favorite place in the Lincoln dining scene, owned by brothers George and Michael Kazas, who opened the restaurant in 2003. They got their start in the restaurant business in their father’s longtime eatery, Papa Johns. The menu includes a huge variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, showcasing traditional Greek dishes.

*Notes: THIS restaurant is an Adventure Girl favorite!

After Hours: Rule G Night Club in the Railyard (350 Canopy St. #300)

A megaclub in the Railyard district, including Ultra Lounge, a swanky bar and cocktail lounge, a Rooftop Patio overlooking Canopy Street and the Railyard, and Spin Club, A las Vegas style dance club with DJs from 11 pm to 2 am, Fridays and Saturdays.

Do it!

Road Trip it!

After breakfast, continue your road trip to Lincoln. (Approx. 1 1/2 driving time)

Nebraska History Museum– Nebraska was one of the main gateways for the settlement of the West, where the expanding population of a young America encountered long- established populations of Native Americans. Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, and other early explorers traversed parts of the state. Settlers on the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail and thousands headed west for gold in 1849 and gold and silver in 1859 all crossed the state. The Pony Express was also headquartered here.

Brew Tasting– Zipline Brewing Co. opened in 2012, the brainchild of three friends, now business partners, who were all devotees of craft beers and home brewers. Zipline’s slogan is ‘brave new beers.’ Their goal is to create to new kinds of beer, starting with new twists on some old favorites. They presently have five regular brews: India Red Ale, NZ IPA, Country White, Oatmeal Porter, and Copper Alt. Copper Alt. is a new beer, a hybrid ale/lager.

The Ploughshare Brewing Company (1630 P St.) make a bit larger range of beers, including a classic American pilsner, a cream ale, lightly hopped, a Belgian-styled witbier, English-styled Extra Special Bitter, Irish red ale, and American IPA, and an American stout. Seasonal beers include a monastic-styled tripel, a tart cherry witbier, a Belgian-styled farmhouse ale, and a near-black Porter.

Check into:

Check into the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

Day 5

You must be hungry?

Breakfast at Cultiva

Sample a variety of Cultiva’s breakfast crepes. There are three kinds of crepes—scrambled egg, savory, and sweet. You have to try some of each kind, but don’t miss one of the originals, the sweet Parisian with sliced bananas, Nutella spread and powdered sugar.

Lunch at The Normandy  (2785 S 17th Street corner of 17th and Van Dorn Street)

Serving casual French cuisine with cassoulet, crepes, quiche, soups, salads and cheese plates.

Dinner at Venue Restaurant and Lounge

Chef John Benton at Venue has created a local’s favorite restaurant. A devotee of using sustainably grown fresh local foods as much as possible, his rooftop garden at Venue boasts herbs, edible flowers and vegetables. Beef is hand-cut in-house. Charcuterie and pastas are made in-house. The dinner menu reflects Chef John’s background in classical French gastronomy.The wine list is extensive, emphasizing American wines, as well as French, Italian, German, Australian, and Argentine bottles. The restaurant has received Wine Spectator awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

After Hours at The Other Room

The Other Room is a tiny place in a back alley. The address isn’t published, and the only way to find it, is to have to heard about it from a local. If you find the door, and the green light is on, you get in. If it’s red, a wait game ensues until someone leaves. Inside holds a max of 25 people. THE RULES! No photos or cell phone calls are allowed! No raucous behavior. Everyone is expected to talk softly so that everyone else can still have a conversation. Drinks are stellar and crafted by mixologist Jill Cockson, one of the best in the state, and has created her own line of tonics for her specialty drinks.

Optional Dining in Lincoln:

  • Schilling Bridge Cork & Tap House — Lunch and craft beer tasting
    (575 Fallbrook Blvd. #109).
  • Lazlo’s — Craft beer tasting at Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill in the Haymarket
    (210 N. 7th St.)
  • Blue Blood Brewing Company
    (3235 S. 10th St.)
  • Dine at JTK
    (201 N. 7th St. #107)
  • After Hours at Zoo Bar
    (136 N. 14th St.) in downtown Lincoln

Do it!

Lincoln is a burgeoning city. There is a lot to do and experience.

Check out:

The Historic Haymarket District–an eight-block area, downtown, designated by the city in 1982 as part of a Main Street redevelopment project. Many of the buildings are historic warehouses near the railroad tracks and includes Lincoln’s original Market Square and Haymarket Square. Lazlo’s, The Oven, Bread & Cup, Licorice International, and the Burkholder Project are worth a stop in for.

Book a tour to Spring Creek Prairie, walk out onto the prairie with a guide to see one of the two largest remaining stretches of undisturbed tallgrass prairie in Nebraska. Hike end at wagon ruts surviving from the Oregon Trail.

Head to Cultiva Labs (2510 Randolph St.). Meet Rebecca Ankenbrand and sample some of her chocolates along with some of Cultiva’s freshly-roasted coffee–small shop for purchases of these delectables.

Other Things to do in Lincoln:

  • Museum of American Speed
    (599 Oakcreek Dr.)
  • National Museum of Roller Skating
    (4730 South St.)
  • Licorice International
    (803 Q St.) in the Haymarket.
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum
    (1523 N 33rd St.)
  • Visit Nebraska’s State Capital