The Perfect Fall Road Trip in Nebraska!

As the weather cools down and the leaves start changing, you can partake in one of the best fall activities in Nebraska—a road trip! There’s nothing better than enjoying the fall traditions and absorbing the beautiful foliage Nebraska has to offer. If you’re unsure where to explore, then follow this itinerary for the perfect fall road trip from Omaha to Nebraska City.

1. Morning coffee at Culprit Cafe & Bakery

Pick up some fuel for your road trip at Culprit Cafe & Bakery in Omaha. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee along with a delicious, homemade breakfast pastry, cinnamon roll, muffin or croissant!

Celebrating Christmas a little early with this holiday latte πŸŽ„

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2. Take in the fall foliage at Fontenelle Forest

On your way out of the big city, you can stop at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue. The beautiful trees start changing colors in September through late October. Take a short hike through any part of the 17 mile-trail system and soak up the wonderful fall foliage. You might even spot some wild geese or ducks on their annual migration. 

3. Pick apples at Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard

On the drive from Omaha to Nebraska City, you’ll find numerous orchards in Nebraska’s apple country. Make a quick stop at the Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard and explore one of the oldest orchards in the region. The Kimmel Orchard offers more than 40 acres of u-pick crops so you can even pick your own apples.

4. Have lunch at the Keeping Room

This quaint spot in downtown Nebraska City is the perfect place to grab lunch when you make it to Nebraska City. The Keeping Room is a cafe with an adjoining gift shop where you can explore a treasure trove of unique finds after you grab a bite to eat. Just don’t forget to order dessert! From pies to sundaes, everything is made from scratch and delicious.

Garden goodness. #strawberries and #spinach #salad in #nebraskacity #nebraskanice

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5. Explore the Arbor Day Farm

Located on 260 acres of natural beauty, the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City offers outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. For the more adventurous travelers, you can climb trees or discover wooded trails. For a more relaxing option, relish in the simple pleasures of nature and explore the flavors of the orchards, wines, and unique gift shops.

This may become my new way to avoid the afternoon blahs 😊😊😊

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6. Get spooked at Eagle Hollow Haunted House

When the sun goes down, make your way to nearby Eagle, Nebraska for a good scare. Tickets for the Eagle Hollow Haunted House will get you into three haunted attractions or you can enter the grounds for a lower price and just enjoy the fire pits and concessions.

I may have only shat myself a few times πŸ”₯πŸŽƒ

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7. Unwind at the Library Lounge

Located on the Lied Lodge property, you can snuggle up next the fireplace and relax with a full menu of cocktails, beers, and wine options. The Library Lounge also offers local Arbor Day Farm wines which are produced nearby.

8. Stay the night at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center

Located on 260 acres, the stunning the Lied Lodge & Conference Center is the perfect place to stay the night in Nebraska City. With top-notch room service and a world-class spa surrounded by nature, you’ll certainly keep cozy and warm on a cool fall night.

The beautiful Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. #nebraskacity #liedlodge #nebraskanice #visitnebraska #nebraska

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9. Refuel at Mary’s Cafe in Nebraska City, NE

Mary’s Cafe is the ultimate breakfast spot to refuel for your trip. This friendly breakfast joint serves all of the breakfast classics in plentiful portions so you can have energy all day.

Sharing breakfast with @gracefullibrarian. Best part of my day. #breakfast #frenchtoast #sorrynotsorry

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10. Enjoy the afternoon at Indian Cave State Park

Spend the afternoon at nearby Indian Cave State Park, where you can hike and enjoy the stunning fall foliage. Just across the river, you can also go bird watching at the Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge to complete your trip.

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