Characterized by gentle rolling hills in the east and expansive treeless prairies in the west, Nebraska is essentially what you picture in your mind when you hear the words “Great Plains.” Nebraska might not have the rugged landscape that most associate with good motorcycle roads, but the waterways of this state in addition to it’s grand views and rich history have resulted in it being a fun and interesting place to tour on your bike!
Finding fun & scenic motorcycle rides in Nebraska can be like, well, finding a needle in a haystack. This is where we strive to help. The REVER App is free to use and makes riding a state’s best motorcycle roads as simple and browsing routes and selecting what looks best to you. Then just gas up and go! Create new routes, log your rides and share with friends all within the app. Want even more planning and tracking tools at your disposal? Upgrade your account to REVER Pro for features like turn-by-turn + voice navigation, 3D animated route exploration, weather radar + alerts, and much more. Learn about everything that REVER and REVER Pro can offer you when it comes to planning and logging your next two-wheeled adventure.
Nebraska winters are pretty darn cold, which leaves you with the warmer months for motorcycle riding. The late spring and early fall provide pretty much ideal conditions for logging miles on your bike, with cool mornings/evenings and warm afternoons. Generally speaking, a base and mid layer under a summer jacket/pant should do the trick from roughly late April through early October, just don’t go overboard on ventilation during the bookends of this time period as it can still get chilly. Severe thunderstorms are not uncommon in Nebraska during the spring and summer. After all, it is located in Tornado Alley. Always check the weather forecast ahead of time and pack in some rain gear if there is any chance of wet weather, and consider rescheduling your ride if there are severe thunderstorms in the forecast.
Although rarely referenced as a travel destination, Nebraska has its share of attractions, both natural and cultural/historical, that are worth visiting on your next ride in the Cornhusker State. In the capital city of Lincoln you can find the Haymarket District, where rows of well-preserved historic buildings and the shops/restaurants they contain provide plenty of options for an afternoon visit. If doing some exploring in the city of Omaha (which we recommend), be sure to check out the Old Market for some sightseeing and dining/shopping. The buildings and streets of this historic district have undergone little change over the years and give you a good idea of what the city of Omaha looked like long ago. Also in Omaha are the Durham Museum and the Union Pacific Railroad museum, both of which communicate much about the history of Nebraska and the greater Great Plains region. Throughout the 1800’s, wagon trains of trappers, fur traders, miners and whole families of pioneers traveled through Nebraska on their way westward. In the largely featureless Great Plains there were a few geological formations that served as landmarks for these travelers. Chimney Rock, a nearly 300ft tall rock spire located in the panhandle of Nebraska, is one of these geological features. Just west of Chimney Rock is another landmark that is highly referenced in the journals of the 19th-century travelers, Scotts Bluff. Consisting of two separate bluffs rising out of the ground, Scotts Bluff would be the first large rock formation that pioneers encountered as the Great Plains gave way to the Rocky Mountains. Both of these landmarks can be visited today and make great destinations to visit on your motorcycle.
This route starts in Ogallala, and heads along McConaughy Lake then heads north into the Cresent Lake Wildlife Refuge, finally ending in Lakeside at Highway 2.
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