Nebraska Bucket List ~ Northwest Region

Today we move into my southern neighbor state, Nebraska. We had big plans to see most of Nebraska this past year, but of course 2020 had other plans! However that did make my research time a little shorter since I’d already done a lot of research prior to this year!

Today we focus on that “panhandle” region. Nebraska is a state that is often discounted and considered a flyover state, but the western portion in particular has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to state parks and sites run by the National Park Service. This makes it an area we really want to see in particular as we love our outdoor and historic sites.


  • Carhenge: Carhenge is a quirky replica of England’s Stonehenge, but of course with cars.


  • Chadron State Park: This park is a great place for camping and allows you to hike 6 miles of trails in an area that mimics some of the geology of the Black Hills area.


  • Fort Robinson State Park: Fort Robinson was the site of a former U.S. Army fort and also the site of the Cheyenne Outbreak that saw the death of famed Crazy Horse.
  • Toadstool Geologic Park: Known for its famed geologic features that resemble toadstools, this badlands area is sure to be in interesting place to visit.


  • Legacy of the Plains Museum: Located along the Oregon Trail, this museum contains many artifacts from the pioneers and farming in the area.
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument: Preserves remnants of the Oregon Trail and was a landmark along the trail.
  • Robidoux Pass and Trading Post: Reconstructed trading post that also includes a maker for a blacksmith shop and pioneer graves along the trail.


  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument: Huge destination for paleontologists and great way to learn about the prehistoric history of the area.


  • Panorama Point and the Three State Marker: Nebraska’s highest point. View Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado.


  • Ash Hollow State Historical Park: A major stopover on the Oregon and California trails. You can now explore Ash Hollow Cave and Windlass Hill.


  • Chimney Rock National Historic Site: Another famed landmark along the Oregon Trail.
  • Lake Minatare Lighthouse: Mock lighthouse located along Lake Minatare.

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