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Looking for local FJ advice....Traveling pretty much from New England to Denver on I-80 are there any Points of Interest worth stopping or detouring for in Iowa or Nebraska? thanks!:bigthumb:
 

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If you are interested in museums & you're staying on I-80 you'll go right past the Strategic Air & Space Museum outside of Omaha. When you get to Kearney...I-80 goes under the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument & Museum.

Or....if you want to exercise the FJ....check out the beaches at Lake McConaughy just north of Ogallala. There are miles & miles of white sand beaches & clean crystal clear water.

Have a safe trip!
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If you are interested in museums & you're staying on I-80 you'll go right past the Strategic Air & Space Museum outside of Omaha. When you get to Kearney...I-80 goes under the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument & Museum.

Or....if you want to exercise the FJ....check out the beaches at Lake McConaughy just north of Ogallala. There are miles & miles of white sand beaches & clean crystal clear water.

Have a safe trip!
Gene
Thanks for the tips! It will make that leg a little more enjoyable!
 

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Yeah the SAC museum is okay, but as far as I-80 through Iowa... There are things to see and do, but if I were you, I'd keep driving and get to Ouray even sooner.
 

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I agree with CRAW - keep driving through Iowa. It is a great place to live but not much to see on a visit. Unless you like horse racing & gambling in which case Prairie Meadows Race Track & Casino is right on I-80, Altoona exit 142.

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Depends how much time you have and where you plan to spend nights.

Personally I plan my trips around my stomach....

Iowa City: Capannas gelato Capanna Coffee - Artisan Gelato

Eat here and you will crave it forever

Des moines: Georges Chili King: Greasy chili dogs...open for over 50 years, awesomely good, did I say Greasy?

Big Daddys Barbeque: Only open fri and saturday 11-3 pm, a little out of your way but if you hit des moines in that time frame...it's good!

Latin King: Italian Another generational family restaurant...try the Gnochi

Omaha: Sac Museum...nuf said

Henry Dooerly Zoo: Nicest zoo in the USA (yes even better than San diego)

Nebraska state sandwich: The Runza Runza®

ZIOs Pizzaria: A little scurvy but awesome, I love the meatball Pizza. Zios Pizzeria Omaha

If you spend the night in Omaha, the downtown "marketplace" has some really cool restaurants.

Chevyland museum: I think it is still open A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering - Details for Chevyland U.S.A.

After that it is all typical Nebraska.

Kearney: If you have kids, I think it is the Holiday inn has a cool little waterpark, a few slides and stuff. Nice to relax after a long drive.

North Platte Fort Cody, We met Buffalo bill there! Fort Cody Trading Post

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Just west of Omaha is Mahoney state park (pool, trail rides, golf, fishing, etc)...very scenic views off the bluffs overlooking the Platte River and right next to the Strategic Air Command Museum, previously mentioned. If shopping is your thing, Lincoln has the South Pointe Pavillion...outdoor mall with tons of shops...gap, scheels, movies, etc. Not to mention, stop through my alma mater at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and take in a little bit of the storied Husker football tradition, tour the stadium/campus, etc. The Haymarket in Lincoln is the old downtown...many restraunts/bars/even breweries to choose from. You could catch a Lincoln Salt Dogs baseball game, they are a blast! Lincoln is also home to one of the most widely known steak houses in the Midwest: Misty's Steak House...if you are in the mood for a good steak dinner, you can't go wrong here...Lonestar Steak House is pretty good too. In Grand Island, my home town, you could do some 4x4ing on the Platte River (actually has water in it due to the abundance of rain this year!) The river rarely gets more than 2 feet deep, but is very wide with plenty of sand and beaches. There is a very nice museum in Grand Island: Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, where you can take in a day in the life of a settler on the Great Plains. Grand Island is also home to a very large water park: Island Oasis Water Park, it usually stays pretty busy but is fun for the whole family. Hastings has an IMAX theatre. There is a Cabelas in Kearney and Sidney, with the original one being in Sidney (quite an impressive place!)...(west of Kearney and North Platte by quite a ways).

Overall, if you were to pick one place to spend some quality time at, I would suggest the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. It is easily the best zoo I have ever been to with a desert dome, full tunnel-walk through aquarium, rain forest, interactive sites, etc. You could spend a whole day here and still not see everything. If you stay in Omaha, don't stay near the Zoo, keep going west til you get to Interstate 680...much better part of town. :)

Have fun, let me know if you have any questions, I have traveled I-80 all my life and don't mind helping out. Good Luck!
 

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The Omaha Zoo truly is a sight to see if you like zoos.
 

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X222 on the Runza.. They even have them as fast food there. Us southerners would call it a Nebraska hotdog. Here we pickup hotdogs, there Runza's.. They are great.. I make them all the time and people here are totally freaked about them.. Now I'll have to make some this weekend.. Ron

Depends how much time you have and where you plan to spend nights.

Personally I plan my trips around my stomach....

Iowa City: Capannas gelato Capanna Coffee - Artisan Gelato

Eat here and you will crave it forever

Des moines: Georges Chili King: Greasy chili dogs...open for over 50 years, awesomely good, did I say Greasy?

Big Daddys Barbeque: Only open fri and saturday 11-3 pm, a little out of your way but if you hit des moines in that time frame...it's good!

Latin King: Italian Another generational family restaurant...try the Gnochi

Omaha: Sac Museum...nuf said

Henry Dooerly Zoo: Nicest zoo in the USA (yes even better than San diego)

Nebraska state sandwich: The Runza Runza®

ZIOs Pizzaria: A little scurvy but awesome, I love the meatball Pizza. Zios Pizzeria Omaha

If you spend the night in Omaha, the downtown "marketplace" has some really cool restaurants.

Chevyland museum: I think it is still open A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering - Details for Chevyland U.S.A.

After that it is all typical Nebraska.

Kearney: If you have kids, I think it is the Holiday inn has a cool little waterpark, a few slides and stuff. Nice to relax after a long drive.

North Platte Fort Cody, We met Buffalo bill there! Fort Cody Trading Post

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Yeah the SAC museum is okay, but as far as I-80 through Iowa... There are things to see and do, but if I were you, I'd keep driving and get to Ouray even sooner.
Yeah, there's the Meadows as Myyoda said, also if you're looking for a good steak while rolling through, check out Rube's Steak House:

Rube's Steak House loc: Des Moines, IA - Google Maps

or here's another good place to get a bite (steak to eat) right off I-80 in Altoona, Iowa:

Big Steer loc: Altoona, IA - Google Maps
Depends how much time you have and where you plan to spend nights.

Personally I plan my trips around my stomach....

Iowa City: Capannas gelato Capanna Coffee - Artisan Gelato

Eat here and you will crave it forever

Des moines: Georges Chili King: Greasy chili dogs...open for over 50 years, awesomely good, did I say Greasy?

Big Daddys Barbeque: Only open fri and saturday 11-3 pm, a little out of your way but if you hit des moines in that time frame...it's good!

Latin King: Italian Another generational family restaurant...try the Gnochi

Omaha: Sac Museum...nuf said

Henry Dooerly Zoo: Nicest zoo in the USA (yes even better than San diego)

Nebraska state sandwich: The Runza Runza®

ZIOs Pizzaria: A little scurvy but awesome, I love the meatball Pizza. Zios Pizzeria Omaha

If you spend the night in Omaha, the downtown "marketplace" has some really cool restaurants.

Chevyland museum: I think it is still open A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering - Details for Chevyland U.S.A.

After that it is all typical Nebraska.

Kearney: If you have kids, I think it is the Holiday inn has a cool little waterpark, a few slides and stuff. Nice to relax after a long drive.

North Platte Fort Cody, We met Buffalo bill there! Fort Cody Trading Post

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Thanks! Rob and I was thinking How to survive Iowa the Nebraska in 24 hours...we have similar modivations Food and Kitch tourist traps! Gotta go see wild bill!!!!!!!!!!!!! - thanks for the tips! Will post reviews! See in Ouray!-jane:simmadown:
 

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I live about 10mi from I80 in IL .. if I am not already on route, you can drop by for some BBQ :bandit: and :cheers:
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Lets keep intouch via cb! if not for bar-b-que - maybe catch up and meet on I-80 for a quick bite.....are you doing Black Sheep Convoy?
 

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In Iowa just past the Miss in Davenport up Route 60 is Mount Joy. Used to be a nice gentlemens club there on the west side of the road.
 

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Lets keep intouch via cb! if not for bar-b-que - maybe catch up and meet on I-80 for a quick bite.....are you doing Black Sheep Convoy?
When do you think you'd drive through IL? My wife and I are going to take it slow and might leave morning of the 12th. We want to take in some of the sites(if there are any :rofl: ) and be in Ouray on the 15th. We booked an extra day in Ouray to check out the local shops..etc, so I don't think we'll make Black Sheep, since we'll already be there ;) Anyways, let me know...you can PM me and we can swap numbers.
 

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This past weekend we took I-88 out of Chicago and hit I-80 back to Des Moines... There unfortunately really isn't anything to do that is right directly off the interstate. I do know there is a real cool, and fun water park in Waterloo, IA, called The Lost Island and is right new door to a casino w/ a hotel.

Lost Island Waterpark

The only problem with it is that it's about 1.5 hours off of I-80, but wouldn't be a bad thing if you're looking to do some swimming and water slides for the afternoon and then sleep in a hotel.

Directions from Iowa City to the park:

from: Iowa City, Ia to: Lost Island Water Park, Waterloo, Iowa - Google Maps

Directions back to I-80 from Waterloo / the water park (through small town Iowa):

from:Lost Island Water Park, Waterloo, Iowa to:42.326062,-92.48291 to:Des Moines, Iowa - Google Maps

Direction back to I-80 from Waterloo / the water park (via interstate):

from:Lost Island Water Park, Waterloo, Iowa to:42.45994,-92.60376 to:Des Moines, Iowa - Google Maps

The water park is really fun if you're into that kind of thing, and/or if you have kids.
 

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When do you think you'd drive through IL? My wife and I are going to take it slow and might leave morning of the 12th. We want to take in some of the sites(if there are any :rofl: ) and be in Ouray on the 15th. We booked an extra day in Ouray to check out the local shops..etc, so I don't think we'll make Black Sheep, since we'll already be there ;) Anyways, let me know...you can PM me and we can swap numbers.
were leaving NH on the 12, sleeping in Davenport on the 13th...will have to keep an eye Mr. VnB doesn't sneak up to "the gentleman's club" ..then Omagalla on the 14th (would love to make Denver) then Salida on the 15th...so it looks like you will be blazing the trail ahead of us! Want to acclimate slowly to the altitude...where in IL? My father's fam is from Iuka...near Salem.
 

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X222 on the Runza.. They even have them as fast food there. Us southerners would call it a Nebraska hotdog. Here we pickup hotdogs, there Runza's.. They are great.. I make them all the time and people here are totally freaked about them.. Now I'll have to make some this weekend.. Ron
Rob took one look at the Runza and called it a "meat twinkie." Now he has something to live for in Nebraska...:rofl:
 

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Depends how much time you have and where you plan to spend nights.

Personally I plan my trips around my stomach....

Iowa City: Capannas gelato Capanna Coffee - Artisan Gelato

Eat here and you will crave it forever

Des moines: Georges Chili King: Greasy chili dogs...open for over 50 years, awesomely good, did I say Greasy?

Big Daddys Barbeque: Only open fri and saturday 11-3 pm, a little out of your way but if you hit des moines in that time frame...it's good!

Latin King: Italian Another generational family restaurant...try the Gnochi

Omaha: Sac Museum...nuf said

Henry Dooerly Zoo: Nicest zoo in the USA (yes even better than San diego)

Nebraska state sandwich: The Runza Runza®

ZIOs Pizzaria: A little scurvy but awesome, I love the meatball Pizza. Zios Pizzeria Omaha

If you spend the night in Omaha, the downtown "marketplace" has some really cool restaurants.

Chevyland museum: I think it is still open A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering - Details for Chevyland U.S.A.

After that it is all typical Nebraska.

Kearney: If you have kids, I think it is the Holiday inn has a cool little waterpark, a few slides and stuff. Nice to relax after a long drive.

North Platte Fort Cody, We met Buffalo bill there! Fort Cody Trading Post

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great advice hindsight, planning around your stomach, that might be my problem, i need to loose a couple of lbs.:cheers:
 

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were leaving NH on the 12, sleeping in Davenport on the 13th...will have to keep an eye Mr. VnB doesn't sneak up to "the gentleman's club" ..then Omagalla on the 14th (would love to make Denver) then Salida on the 15th...so it looks like you will be blazing the trail ahead of us! Want to acclimate slowly to the altitude...where in IL? My father's fam is from Iuka...near Salem.
We are in Crete IL, just across the border of IN...about 10mi south of I80 along RT1 ...
Salida? Are you guys taking rt285 from Denver? I will probably do a scenic route like that as well.
Yeah, It looks like you'll be trailing us by 1 day. If we don't see you on the road, we'll see you at the Summit.
 
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