Kearney is situated on I-80 in south Central Nebraska and along Highway 30 (a.k.a. Lincoln Highway), the halfway point, 1,733 miles from San Francisco and 1,733 to Boston. Kearney is the perfect mid-point stop if you’re headed through Nebraska. We offer 1,700 affordable hotel rooms, which are conveniently located less than a mile from the Interstate. Your group will find comfort staying in a one of our many limited-service hotel chains, which serve a hot and hearty complimentary breakfast.
Kearney has a plethora of dining options, including a variety of locally owned restaurants, micro-brews and vineyards that offer private seating for groups. Serving lunch and dinner, the Alley Rose is a local favorite known for its potato casseroles and market buffet, and can also serve your group an elegant multiple-course meal. Skeeter Barnes offers down-home grub and works with Nebraska producers to provide with the best barbecue, burger, steaks and sandwiches. The nostalgic brick streets of downtown Kearney, affectionately known as “The Bricks,” offers a unique selection of local boutiques and antique stores. A stroll through downtown Kearney is a stroll through history. The city grew up around the first junction in Nebraska of the Burlington & Missouri River and Union Pacific railroads, and a self-guided walking tour will take your group past upwards of 20 historic buildings featuring period architecture.
While in Kearney, visit the award-winning Great Platte River Road Archway, spanning Interstate 80 and be transported back to the eras when routes like the Overland Trail, Transcontinental Railroad and Lincoln Highway helped pioneers and adventure-seekers to settle the West. Adjacent to The Archway is the Nebraska Firefighters Museum, a moving tribute to Nebraska firefighters and EMS. In Kearney, the Classic Car Collection showcases more than 160 classic and vintage automobiles, along with a recreated 1950’s gas station a drive-in theater display.
Tour groups in Kearney can choose among a variety of arts and entertainment venues. The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), housed in a 1911 building and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, displays the work of artists who were born, lived, trained or worked in Nebraska or who created artwork that reflects the culture of Nebraska. On the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus is the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, built in 1889 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973; it was one of the first houses with electricity on the Great Plains and also features new and rotating exhibits.
The area is filled with other must-see attractions. Voted a Top 10 Wildlife Experience by the National Wildlife Federation, the Platte River is a stopping point from February through April for a half-million sandhill cranes and other waterfowl during their spring migration. At the Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary, located just 12 miles east of Kearney in Gibbon, Nebraska, viewing blinds are strategically placed so you can spend sunrise and sunset with the cranes on the Platte River. The Fort Kearny State Historical Park features a rebuilt stockade, blacksmith shop and parade ground, on the site of the original stagecoach station, pony express station, outfitting depot for Indian campaigns and post of the Pawnee Scouts, Indian scouts who served in the U.S. Army.
Just about 23 miles south is Minden, Nebraska, the Kearney County seat. Recognized for decades for its annual Christmas Pageant and 100-year tradition of Christmas lights, it is home to the 125-year-old Minden Opera House, built in 1891 by Civil War veteran Wray Thorn and now magnificently renovated. This spectacular facility is happy to host groups for tours, luncheons, dinners and performances. While in Minden, motorcoach tours can also visit the famed Harold Warp Pioneer Village, an amazing tribute to Americana spanning 20 acres, featuring 28 buildings and more than 50,000 artifacts, including a pony express station, antique toys, a collection of Currier & Ives prints, a steam carousel, hundreds of antique vehicles and more.
Come Stop, Play, Stay in Kearney. For information on bringing your motorcoach tour to Kearney, contact Roger Jasnock at the Kearney Visitors Bureau, (800) 652-9435, email Roger Jasnoch at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to http://visitkearney.org/contact-us/.
Kearney Visitors Bureau
PO Box 607
Kearney NE 68848
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