NEW FOR 2017
7 Days • 6 Nights • 14 Meals
Jul 16-22 SOLD OUT | Jul 23-29 NEW | Sep 10-16
Depart/Return: North Platte, NE*
(*Denver arrive/depart option: +$47)
Price Per Person: Double: $1,527; Single: $1,945
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night
About the Tour
Celebrate the Nebraska sesquicentennial with CTD as we discover the back-roads treasures of its western panhandle, courtesy of the editorial experts at Nebraska Life Magazine. Walk in the footsteps of pioneers on the Oregon Trail and meet local artisans who craft high-quality boots and petrified wood objects. Visit the lush Nebraska National Forest, ancient fossil beds, the world’s largest railyard, and such famous landmarks as Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff National Monument. Catch the frontier spirit enjoying a Wild West dinner show, touring working cowboy and bison ranches, and learning about the lives and legends of Crazy Horse and Buffalo Bill through art and stories. You’ll get a taste of “Nebraska Life,” too, as friendly hosts welcome us to their big game steakhouse, winery, vinegar store, herb and spice farm, and more.
Itinerary & Info Sheet
- Visit famous Oregon Trail sites (Chimney Rock/Scotts Bluff)
- Lake McConaughy Kingsley Dam tour
- George Johnson, Vinegar Maker
- Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
- Nebraska National Forest
- See Buffalo Bill’s mansion
- Museum of the Fur Trade
- Visit the Golden Spike Tower overlooking the world’s largest railyard
- Travel on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway
OPTION: Denver International Airport Shuttle
For those folks who are flying to the tour, we DO NOT recommend flying into North Platte Airport, there is not reliable air service. We are offering a Deluxe Motorcoach transfer from DIA (Denver Int'l Airport) on Day 1 with pick up at the airport at 12:00 p.m. People should schedule their flights into DIA to arrive by 10:30 a.m. (leaving some cushion in case of delays) and on Day 7 schedule flights out of DIA after 7:00 p.m. It is a 5 hour transfer, with a rest stop/stretch break. Price: $47/person
DAY 2 OPTION: Ogallala: Nebraska’s “Cowboy Capital” (July Only)
The Crystal Palace Revue and Shoot Out is Nebraska’s longest-running summer theater, a musical comedy family show where dance hall girls kick up their heels and shots ring out. Enjoy a hearty pre-show dinner at Front Street Steakhouse. Also check out the adjacent Cowboy Museum, including a jail, barbershop, funeral parlor, and authentic cowboy and Native American artifacts. Dinner. Price: $47/person
Average Temps: highs: upper 80s-low 90s/lows: upper 50s
Time Zone: Central & Mountain
Arrival Time: Schedule your flight to arrive into Denver Int'l Airport by 10:30 a.m. on Day 1. (Our shuttle from Denver Int’l Airport leaves at 12:00 p.m. on Day 1.)
Departure Time: Schedule your flight home from Denver Int'l Airport after 7:00 PM on Day 7. (Our shuttle to Denver International Airport will arrive 5:00 PM on Day 7; schedule flights for after 7:00 PM on Day 7.)
Airport Info: For those folks who are flying to the tour, we DO NOT recommend flying into North Platte Airport, there is not reliable air service. We are offering a Deluxe Motorcoach transfer from DIA (Denver Int'l Airport) on Day 1 with pick up at the airport at 12:00 p.m. People should schedule their flights into DIA to arrive by 10:30 a.m. (leaving some cushion in case of delays) and on Day 7 schedule flights out of DIA after 7:00 p.m.
It is a 5 hour transfer, with a rest stop/stretch break. Price: $47/person
Vehicle Parking: Our starting hotel offers complimentary parking for the duration of tour.
Walking Distance: Light to moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Currency: US Dollar
Hotel Amenities Include: Hair dryers, coffee makers, iron & ironing board throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.
Travel Protection Available? Yes, see About Travel Protection.
Terms & Conditions: Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.
Groups: Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.
Additional Information: Elevations reach 5,000 feet on this tour.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our "Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our "Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our "Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/WNL
Images on this page (from top): Scenic Highway through Scotts Bluff (Christopher Amundson/Nebraska Life); Western Show on Ogallala Front Street (Nebraska Tourism); Landmarks of the Oregon Trail (Alan Bartels/Nebraska Life).