We are planning another trip to the west. We've made the trip several times but always seem to go the northern routes through the Dakotas. Woud anyone recommend going south through Nebraska? Routes and or places to stay would be welcomed.
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Going through Nebraska would be quite a bit out of the way if you're heading for Glacier without having much of any real interest to see. Good highway with lots of truck traffic but the scenery isn't much different than the Dakotas. Drop down a little further south and you get some nice scenery going through Missouri and Kansas (at least it's a little different and Colorado makes up for the extra distance. I 70 is a great route without anywhere NEAR the truck traffic of I-80
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Have to agree that Nebraska isn't on the direct route between Detroit and Glacier.
We drove across Nebraska on the way to Yellowstone a few years ago and found some interesting things to see along the way.
In North Platte is the Golden Spike Tower overlooking the Bailey Yard of the Union Pacific Railroad. This is the largest rail yard in the world.
We picked up route 34 at Lincoln to route 30 at Grand Island and then route 26 between Ogalalla and I25 in Wyoming. Not as fast as I80, but a much more relaxed drive. Oregon Trail sites along 26 include Ash Hollow, Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff in Nebraska. IMO the best Oregon Trail site is in Wyoming at Guernsey. The trail ruts there are the best preserved along the route. Nearby is Register Cliff, where the immigrants carved their names in the soft stone.
If you're a history buff, the Oregon Trail went through Nebraska. Here's a link. The best thing about Nebraska is the people. Every time I have been through there I have been impressed with the friendliness and kindness of Nebraskans.