Although Nebraska is often categorized as a drive-through or fly-over state, it offers a substantial number of natural and historical landmarks that warrant a proper visit. Fans of both anthropology and paleontology will be pleased, with many Native American and fossil sites to visit, learn about, and explore.
Renting an RV in Nebraska is an easy and incredibly comfortable way to explore ‘The Cornhusker State’. Look into renting an RV today to camp and travel Nebraska on your terms.
Enjoy comfortable furniture and plenty of space for everyone to stretch out as well as the many amenities of home that are missing in the usual car (e.g. microwave, restroom, tv, tables, etc.). Even better, you can camp in some of the most picturesque places in the world with no need to worry about water getting into the tent or hot and sleepless summer nights.
Today’s RVs have incredible technology and are amazingly easy to drive and operate. With all of these benefits to add to your camping experience, you’ll probably wonder why you didn’t look into RV travel sooner.
Nebraska is perhaps the most prime example of Great Plains prairie land. In the east, you’ll find much of the state’s population concentrated in towns near the Missouri and Platte Rivers, including the two largest cities of Omaha and Lincoln.
As you move west, you’ll encounter more prairie and agricultural land until you reach the best camping in the state’s western region and panhandle, where you will find rolling hills, sand dunes, and impressive rock formations. To make planning your trip a whole lot easier, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best destinations for your RV adventure to Nebraska.
Learn more about Courthouse and Jail Rocks.
Nearly 1,000 acres in Nebraska’s western panhandle make up Chadron State Park. Chadron was the first state park in Nebraska and offers visitors some of the most interesting topography in the state. Rolling hills, buttes, and canyons make for excellent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Excellent trout fishing can also be had at Chadron Creek (don’t forget to buy a license).
RV campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware that only 20/30-amp electric hookup service is available. The campground does, however, provide access to a shower facility, a laundry facility, a dump station, grills, and a playground. Learn more about Chadron State Park.
Nebraska winters can be quite snowy and windy. Since most of the attractions are out in rural areas, it can be tough to enjoy winter evenings. At each stop, it will be unlikely that a major town is nearby for entertainment and it will be too cold to enjoy the outdoors. Visiting Nebraska between April-October will be most comfortable for everyone. Good Sam has compiled a list of campgrounds in Nebraska you can check out here.
If you do choose to camp in the summer months, it’s always a good idea to check the weather report. Nebraska is in the heart of ‘tornado alley’ and sees its fair share of these destructive storms each summer. When you check into your campground, ask about their severe weather protocols and whether there is a proper storm shelter on-site. Preparedness is critical for peace of mind and the safety of the travel group.
If you are looking to get away from it all, dry camping or boondocking is your best RV option to isolate yourself. Boondocking means that there are no hookups available (e.g. sewer, electrical, water), and your RV unit is operating independently. Typically, this is not recommended for novice RVers, so we encourage you to do more research if you are interested in giving dry camping a try.
A great place to do this is on public land identified by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Unfortunately, Nebraska does not currently have any BLM sites suitable for dry camping in your RV. Although, many campgrounds (of which there are plenty throughout the state) will often let you dry camp if all of their hookup spots are taken and they have additional space.