|Traverse the Great Southwest|
Enjoy all the sights and stops of southwestern Nebraska. This path cuts across one of the most unspoiled parts of the state, offering you plenty of chances for a unique brand of fun that’s purely Nebraska.
If you’re interested in Old West history, you’ll love southwest Nebraska. Stop by North Platte’s Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, where you can tour the great entertainer’s home and grounds. If you’re in town the third week of June, be sure to take in NEBRASKAland Days when the whole town gets into the Buffalo Bill spirit. Drive south of North Platte to Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge and Cultural Learning Center in Wellfleet for an authentic taste of American Indian life, canoeing, hiking, and a delicious buffalo stew dinner.
At Perks Prairie Paradise in Stockville, walk through 19 historic buildings including a one-room schoolhouse, sod house, church, saloon, and replicated Old West-style street. The Museum of the High Plains in McCook boasts a number of fine exhibits including pioneer artifacts from the late 1800s, historic photographs, and more. Also visit the George Norris Home to learn more about one of the country’s most influential senators. In Champion, the Champion Mill State Historical Park chronicles the history and story of the mill and its importance to the local economy.
Step back into the Old West at Ogallala’s Front Street. With live cowboy shows, you’ll definitely feel you’re in a Wild West town, especially if you stay for the Crystal Palace Revue and Shoot-Out—Nebraska’s longest-running summer theatre. For a taste of the outdoors, visit Lake McConaughy near Ogallala. With white-sand beaches and outstanding fishing, Big Mac is a great stop for kids of all ages.
Start at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park in North Platte
27 miles south on US-83 to Wellfleet
26 miles south on US-83, east on NE-23, east on NE-18 to Stockville
51 miles west on NE-18, west on NE-23, south on US-83 to McCook
69 miles west on US-6 to Champion
55 miles north on NE-61 to Ogallala