Every so often, I enjoy looking through my Nebraska travel brochures and picking places that I hope to visit.  Sometimes that keeps me motivated in the midst of the not-quite-as-fun details of life.  These seven places are ones that I definitely hope to visit sometime.  Like in my Detour Nebraska book, I used regions to help organize my list.

Summer 2018 Bucket List

Panhandle Region: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument  On our 2013 Nebraska travel to the Northwest part of the state, this location was one that I decided was too far away.  I am guessing we would have had to drive an hour extra.  That distance seems rather short now that I would have to drive several hours to explore.  What fascinates me about this place is the fact that there are so many historic and nature possibilities.

Sandhills: Mignery Sculpture Garden  Public art.  As long as I can understand it or it is not graphic, I am a fan.  Mignery is a Western artist who basically has this outdoor gallery in the small town of Bartlett.  I definitely would like to see these sculptures sometime during my Nebraska travel.

Lewis & Clark: John G. Neihardt State Historical Site  Known for writing about the Native Americans, Neihardt is considered a prolific Nebraska author.  His book, Black Elk Speaks is definitely on my list.

Metro: Fontenelle Forest Technically this maybe should not be on my bucket list since I have been there before.  But I was in 4th grade then, and all I can remember of the experience is that there were lots of trees.  Not exactly a stellar memory since it is a forest.  In the past 35 years, they have made a few updates.  And this stop is on the Nebraska Passport for 2018.

Pioneer: Rock Creek Station State Historical Park I am not sure if this was on my 4th grade field trip list or not.  If it was, I know that I still want to go back.  Some interesting pioneer history took place here.  Guess you will have to read my book or wait for the blog post to learn more. 😉  Another Nebraska Passport 2018 site …

Prairie Lakes: Senator George Norris State Historic Site The photograph on the left can be seen in my Detour Nebraska book.  And I did take the picture.  True confession – I did not actually go inside of the house.  Not because I did not want to do that, but because it closed about 15 minutes before I arrived.

Frontier Trails: Mac’s Creek Winery & Vineyard If you followed this blog for awhile, you would know that I do not cover very many wineries or breweries.  But this is another Nebraska passport site.  I interviewed the manager for an article and was fascinated.  As a family operated winery, they work together on various aspects of wine making.  More than that, they use sustainable agricultural practices including essential oils for pest control.  Another Nebraska Passport 2018 site.

A Giveaway to Help with Your Nebraska Travel

Looking through brochures is fun to me.  But watching videos can be even better.  This “Nebraska Land & Sky” dvd has been one of my favorites ever since it came out.  Once you watch the clip below, you will easily see that this is a DVD that you will want in your collection.  To win, all you need to do is comment below on what is on your Nebraska travel bucket list.



Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.