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Welcome to Scenic Nebraska along the Interstate 80 traveling route. Nebraska was the first state in the Nation to complete a mainline Interstate Highway system. It covers 80 exits with several notable attractions along its path. Historic trails included the Mormon Train, California Trail, and the Oregon Trail. It all began in Gretna in 1957 with a 6.5-mile section with its most extended segment opened in Lincoln in 1961, providing a 50-mile segment between West Lincoln and Dodge Street in Omaha.
The roadway also has 442 bridges, and 25 rest stops with a scenic overlook (35-50 miles apart). You can enjoy nature’s path with its display of 31 types of shrubs, 28 types of grasses and forbs, 12 coniferous trees, and 39 distinctive kinds of trees planted along the median strip of I-80 throughout the state. The straight plains will cover most of the route between Grand Island and Lincoln! After a day of viewing all Nebraska has to offer, you will surely find one of the nice hotels along I-80 in Nebraska you can stay at.
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1. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham – North Platte
The suites are located at Exit 179 and are adjacent to the Iron Eagle Golf Course. Dive into a free Bright-side breakfast featuring Belgian waffles to get your day started. Workout in the exercise room or go for a swim in the indoor pool. Take a relaxing break in the hot tub to remove the day full of activity. Your kids stay free, and you can also bring the pooch along, but call for details.
2. Holiday Inn Express – North Platte
This stop will provide you with an awesome indoor pool and hot tub with a complimentary breakfast bar offered daily. The venue is excellent for a business meeting, banquet, or a wedding. You can choose from 151 rooms and 43 suites, with 15 restaurants, and three attractions within a ¾-mile radius. Choose from Cody Go Karts, Cody Park, and Fort Cody Trading Post (historical museum). One of the nicest hotels along I-80 in Nebraska.
3. Baymont by Wyndham – North Platte
You will be right off of I-80 with 25 restaurants and three attractions within 0.75 miles from your doorstep. Indulge in the breakfast available, or feel free to use the fridge and microwave in your room to whip up some tasty snacks. You can be provided with airport transportation if needed and WiFi. Your pooch will enjoy the trip also, while you knock back a bit of a workout in the fitness center.
4. Fairfield Inn & Suites
You will find an excellent rating of 4-Stars for location, service, cleanliness, and value at the Fairfield. Have a nice workout at the fitness center or go for a swim in the indoor pool. Relax in the hot tub or make plans to take care of business in the Business Center. If you forgot some items, check at the on-site convenience store or journey to one of the 30 restaurants in the area, but remember, there is a free breakfast offered.
5. Super 8 by Wyndham – North Platte
Plug into the free WiFi, business center, and onsite parking for your next planned business meeting. It’s pet-friendly, so bring the family (yes, the dog too). Ask for a crib if needed, and have a cup of tea/coffee in the room or indulge in the free breakfast offered. Visit the Go Kart Track or the Cody Park Nature & Parks for a breath of fresh air!
6. Tru By Hilton – North Platte
You will find a unique hot breakfast every morning with an offering of more than 35 toppings for your special first meal of the day. Check out the fitness center or business center if you need the services. Enjoy a fireplace and snuggle with some downtime, visit one of the 72 eateries within five miles, or tour one of the 15 local attractions within that area!
7. Comfort Inn & Suites
If you are looking for a non-smoking and pet-friendly spot, this is your chosen spot. Swim in the indoor pool and enjoy free WiFi. It is an excellent location to view the river and golf course. Bring the kids and enjoy making yummy snacks using the microwave and stash a few cold beverages in the fridge. You are only a short distance from the North Platte Regional Airport.
8. Howard Johnson by Wyndham Gothenburg
Thoroughly enjoy the original Pony Express Station & Museum or go for a movie about a mile away. If you want to knock a few balls around the golf course, there is one closeby at the WildHorse Golf Club. Enjoy the pool and free breakfast. Your kids stay free, and it’s also pet/dog-friendly, but call for the details. Patrons rave over its Certificate of Excellence at 4-Stars!
9. Knights Inn Cozad Lexington Area
You will find the Inn about 10.8 miles from the Comfort Suites in Gothenburg with 12 restaurants and four attractions close by your room. Visit the Robert Henri Museum (Art Galleries), Rustic & Red Specialty & Gift Shops, or the 100th Meridian Museum. Some claim the hotel is dated, but is a great spot, and allows pets for a small fee. Enjoy the free breakfast and pool (when open).
10. Days Inn by Wyndham Lexington
Stop by and enjoy a bit of cold air near Johnson Lake with its dog-friendly rooms, free WiFi, and Daybreak continental breakfast. Watch some bull riding a lassoing at Plum Creek Rodeo or take a wine tasting tour at Mac’s Creek Winery & Vineyards. The Inn is equipped with a fitness center and plenty of space for RV parking. Laundry services are on-site if needed.
11. DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha
Be sure to bring a swimming suit and take a dip in the indoor pool or have a workout in the 24-hour fitness center. Dine at the restaurant, enjoy the bar/lounge, or have a nice breakfast. Bring the family and request adjoining rooms and premium TV. Take the kids to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo about five miles away or kick back and relax!
12. Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Lexington
You will find eleven restaurants within a ¾-mile radius of the Inn. Patrons claimed the place was a reasonable rate and comfy beds. There is a hot tub and pool on the premise as the hotel is a chain, but patrons claimed it was not working, but the staff was very apologetic. Visit the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles and be sure to enjoy the complimentary breakfast with a buffet!
13. Days Inn Grand Island
Find the Inn at Exit 312 South right off I-80. Patrons proclaim the rates are good, and the continental breakfast was quite satisfying. The staff is very personable and helpful, providing all the information to make your stay pleasurable. It is pet-friendly with a fitness center and free WiFi. Cribs are available upon request. Visit thoroughbred racing at Fonner Park or visit the Cairo Roots Research Museum.
14. Hampton Inn & Suites – NE I-80
Be sure to get your day started with a free hot breakfast of oatmeal, fresh waffles, and the toppings. You will just be seven miles from the University of Nebraska or about ten minutes. Take the kids to the Lincoln Children’s Museum, which is only a short ten minutes from the doorstep. You are also close to downtown Lincoln, Memorial Stadium, and the Historic Haymarket (only seven miles away).
15.Staybridge Suites Lincoln I-80
If you are seeking an upscale venue as a group or corporate travelers, you will find the location convenient to entertainment, restaurants, and shopping. In downtown Lincoln, you will find The Lancaster Event Center, University of Nebraska, and so much more. Bring your pooch for a visit and have a workout with a complimentary breakfast buffet!
16. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Kearney
After driving the ‘endless’ path taken on I-80, you will find the ionic Archway a welcomed site with its wandering path for a little hike before enjoying the Manager’s Reception from 5 PM until 7 PM with a selection of wine, beer, soda, hot items, and snacks. Take a lap in the indoor pool, have a workout in the gym, or relax in a hot tub, and don’t forget a complimentary breakfast!
17. Best Western Plus Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites
You’ll find just what you need at exit 272, right off of I-80. You can bring up to two dogs per room (with a weight limit and a small fee). Go for a swim in the indoor pool, relax in the hot tub, or enjoy the weekday Manager’s Reception! The staff is proclaimed as more than average along with the room, sleep quality, service, and value. You can also enjoy the complimentary full breakfast!
18. Courtyard by Marriott Omaha La Vista
If you are seeking a business setting venue, there are eight meeting rooms with a business center. The modern six-story unit awaits you located adjacent to the La Vista Conference Center. Go for a game of golf at Tara Hills Golf Course or attend a game at Werner Park. Have a delicious cocktail at The Bistro before having a wonderful workout before turning in for a night of heavenly sleep.
19. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sidney
The Inn is only six minutes from the Fort Sidney Museum and just an 11-minute walk from the National Pony Express Monument. Also served is a delicious, complimentary hot continental breakfast daily. You can choose from Buffalo Point Steakhouse & Grill or enjoy some fast food at Runza Restaurant. Have a workout in the fitness center or a dip in the pool; it all awaits you!
You have a long stretch of road to cover when traveling in search of hotels along I-80 in Nebraska. You now have a better idea of what you have in store for sleeping accommodations. Some will allow you to bring your pets along, but always clarify specifics before booking your room. If you want to have a workout or go for a swim, many of the accommodations can meet those ‘wants’ as well! Whether you are traveling for business or out for an extended journey, one of the hotels and suites have just what you are looking for in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.