Great Platte River Road Archway Monument From 1843 to 1869, nearly half a million pioneers n rode and walked the trails West. This monument celebrates the Pony Express, the wagon trains and the pioneers, trappers, traders, and more.
Fort Kearny State Historical Park Take a 30 minute stretch break and enjoy this historical crossroads of the Oregon Trail.
Pioneer Village This is a private museum founded by Harold Warp in 1953. There are 28 buildings on 20 acres with over 50,000 historic items dating back to 1830. Literally, you can visit an entire village from the 19th century including a one-room schoolhouse, prairie church, land office building, Elm Creek Fort, general store and more. It is interesting for all ages and definitely worth a few hours for a visit in Minden, Nebraska.
Henry Doorly Zoo I have visited many zoos over the years with my children. This year I had the opportunity to visit the Doorly Zoo in Omaha with my grandson. It was an extraordinarily hot day, but we had a wonderful time. The lay out of the zoo is designed to leisurely stroll through or take a train or gondola to view different exhibits which is helpful when it is very warm. The steam engine train is one-of-a-kind and worthwhile to ride with younger children. I wish we had more time and it had been a bit cooler. The splash area is a welcome respite from the hot weather and the misters were placed throughout the park so we could at least cool off! Three hours was really not enough, but still a memorable and worthwhile place to visit.
Lunch or Dinner in the Old Market with a stop at Pioneer Courage Park Step back in time and enjoy the larger than life statues of a wagon train traveling thorugh downtown Omaha. Then do a little shopping and have a nice meal in the Old Market of Omaha. An enjoyable break from the highway!
Living History Farms near Des Moines tells the history of Iowa farming through the ages. Travel at your own pace through historical time periods spanning 300 years. On-site docents in character share interesting stories and demonstrations.
Quad Cities Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in Davenport to see the sights or spend an afternoon on the Mississippi River with a stop at the Davenport Skybridge for a lovely view.
Enjoy the journey!