From the sandhills of western Nebraska to the plains of eastern Nebraska, there are many fun places to explore. If you have never been to Scotts Bluff National Monument, Chimney Rock, Ash Hollow Cave, or the Willa Cather House, you should check them out. There are also many fantastic parks to explore in Nebraska, like Fort Robinson State Park and Ponca State Park. The great thing about exploring the Cornhusker State in an RV is that you have great flexibility. You can choose to plan a detailed itinerary or see what adventure lies beyond the next curve in the road. Think about starting your RV adventure in Omaha, Lincoln or Bellevue.
Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska, and it is easy to find an RV to rent there. Since Bellevue is less than eight miles away, it is easy to find options in both cities. Large drivable RVs about the size of a school bus are available for about $300 per night while midsize and smaller units will run about $200 per night. Towable travel trailers are a popular choice, and they start at about $100 per night for bumper-pulled trailers and about $115 for fifth wheels. Popups, starting at about $40 per night, make a great choice. If you are looking for extra cargo space, consider a toy hauler. These units start at about $100 per night, and you can often pull them with an SUV or pickup.
If you head 60 miles down the interstate to Lincoln, you can also find great RV rental options. These units run about the same price, and you can get many delivered to your campsite.
Omaha’s Henry Dorley Zoo and Aquarium covers more than 150 acres, and it is one of the top zoos in the nation. If you love boutique shopping, head to the Old Market District with its 19th-century buildings and cobblestone streets. Learn more about this area’s history by visiting the Durham Museum, and see world-class art by visiting the Joslyn Art Museum. First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park is a fantastic spot for a picnic while looking at the many statues.
You can have a lot of fun exploring the Cornhuskers campus at the University of Nebraska. While you're there, be sure to visit the nearby Haymaker District, which has many small businesses and breweries. You will also want to see the limestone statues and engravings on the outside of the Nebraska capitol building.
If you are looking for a great springtime RVing destination, consider seeing the sandhill crane migration at Grand Island. This is also a fantastic place to play in the summer at the Island Oasis Water Park, and you will want to see the flowers at the arboretum. Bet your luck at Frontier Park, where you can see live and simulcast horse races.
While you will not find a national park in Nebraska, you may want to explore one in a nearby state. If you are in Big Springs, Nebraska, then you are only about three and a half hours from Rocky Mountain National Park. You may want to start your visit at the Holzwarth Historic Area, where the first settlers lived in this region. There are over 335 miles of hiking trails in this park, including ones leading to Chasm, Sprague, Odessa, Mills, Lily and Gem lakes. Trail Ridge Road is one of America’s Byways. Driving on this high-mountain road allows you to see various wildlife and ecosystems that are usually inaccessible without going mountain climbing. Longs Peak is the highest mountain in this park, and it is a fantastic place to go mountain climbing if you have some experience.
If you are in southeast Nebraska, it is only 350 miles to Gateway Arch National Park. You will want to ride the elevator to the top of the arch to see the scenery, including the Mississippi River, on a clear day. Then, when you come back down, explore the museum at the arch's base as it pays tribute to people who explored new frontiers, including the western United States and the final frontier - space.
There are fantastic state parks in Nebraska to explore during an RV camping trip. Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford covers more than 22,000 acres in the Pine Ridge. This park served as a fort from the Old West days until after World War II and is where soldiers killed Crazy Horse. You will want to take a carriage tour of this park. Stop at the Trailside Museum to learn more about this area’s geology and natural history. While bringing a camper makes it easy to prepare your meals, Fort Robinson Restaurant offers excellent meals all day long if you do not feel like cooking. Nestle in with your family during the summer months to watch a musical by one of the professional theater troupes or watch the free rodeo on Thursday nights. There are over 60 miles of hiking trails and 20 miles of mountain biking trails. The Olympic-size Lindeken Pool is a fantastic place to go swimming indoors.
Ponca State Park near Ponca is a fantastic place to enjoy stunning views of the Missouri River. In the summer, enjoy swimming at the indoor pool. The wooded bluffs are an ideal place to go on a guided trail ride. Shoot various guns at the Eric Wiebe Shooting Complex or learn to use a slingshot or throw a tomahawk. Thousands come to this park in September to participate in the Missouri River Outdoor Expo where you can learn more about many outdoor pursuits, from Dutch oven cooking to kayaking. Pumpkin rolling contests and haunted hayrides highlight Halloween activities.
Across the state, you will find terrific Nebraska landmarks and monuments that you will want to explore, including:
Carhenge at Alliance, a to-scale replica of Stonehenge created using old automobiles turned up on their ends.
Scotts Bluff National Monument, which remembers early travelers on the Oregon and Mormon trails along with Pony Express riders as it served as an important landmark.
Chimney Rock near Bayard, which is a unique rock formation in the Platte River Valley that travelers use as a landmark. You will want to stop at the museum to learn more about historical figures who may have traveled nearby.
Ash Hollow Cave near Lewellen was a favorite stop on the Oregon and California trails because of its sweet spring water, and plenty of information about the cave's history is available at the visitors center.
The Willa Cather House near Red Cloud is the childhood home of this early frontier author, and a tour can teach you more about the time she spent in this city.
Regardless of where you roam in Nebraska, you can find a variety of RV parks and campgrounds. In western Nebraska, consider staying in the campground at Box Butte Reservoir State Recreation Area near Hemingford. The 1,600-acre Box Butte Reservoir offers outstanding fishing for bass, crappie, walleye, sunfish and northern pike. This lake is also a fantastic place to swim and kayak. Parking your RV at this site is easy because there are 14 concrete pads.
If your travels take you nearer to Lincoln, consider camping at Camp a Way. You can go swimming, try gem mining, play basketball, rent bikes and participate in water balloon fights. After a full day of exploring, treat yourself to their indoor spa. If you have a dog, they are sure to love the dog park.
Consider staying at Willow Creek State Recreation Area. The reservoir makes an ideal fishing and boating destination. You will also want to bring your hiking boots to enjoy the view from the eight-mile limestone hiking trail running around the reservoir. There are also many great options for bike riding.
There are countless options in RV dump stations in Nebraska. Most state parks and state recreational areas have dump stations, including:
Alexandria State Recreation Area near Fairbury
Little York Point at Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area near Burwell
Chadron State Park near Chadron
Dead Timber State Recreation Area near Pebble
Conestoga Lake State Recreation Area near Denton
Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area near Embers
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland
Fort Kearney State Recreation Area near Fort Kearney
Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area near Fremont
Indian Cave State Park near Shubert
Johnson Lake State Recreation Area near Elwood
Almost every community in Nebraska hosts a festival or special event at some point throughout the year. Some favorites include:
Apple Jack Festival – About 70,000 people head to Nebraska City to this festival celebrating the apple harvest. It features a parade, craft shows and family games.
Maha Festival – This four-day festival in Omaha features independent musicians from around the country.
NEBRASKAland Days – This North Platte festival in June features the state’s heritage and has a rodeo.
Railroad Days – Celebrate the importance of the railroad to Nebraska’s history at this July festival in Omaha.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Nebraska?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Nebraska from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Nebraska?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.