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Des Moines to North Platte drive in 1 day

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Des Moines to North Platte road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Des Moines to North Platte. If you're planning a road trip to North Platte, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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8:00 am  start in Des Moines
drive for about 56 minutes

8:56 am  Adair
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 9:56 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:13 am  Omaha
eat at M's Pub
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:13 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:18 pm  Lincoln (Nebraska)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:18 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:04 pm  Hastings (Nebraska)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:04 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

5:54 pm  Great Platte River Road Archway
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:54 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

8:16 pm  Original Pony Express Station
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 9:16 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

10:06 pm  arrive in North Platte

driving ≈ 8 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?


Omaha  (24 answers)
    Henry Doorly Zoo  (8 mentions)
    Joslyn Art Museum  (3 mentions)
    Lauritzen Gardens  (2 mentions)
    The Durham Museum  (2 mentions)
    Omaha Children's Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Omaha:
        M's Pub
        Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods
        801 Chophouse at The Paxton
        Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels
        TT Best Free Overnight

Lincoln (Nebraska)  (4 answers)
    questions about Lincoln (Nebraska):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Lincoln (Nebraska)?

Hastings (Nebraska)  (2 answers)
    questions about Hastings (Nebraska):
        Places to go

Great Platte River Road Archway

Original Pony Express Station

What are some things to do in North Platte?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a North Platte to Des Moines drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Des Moines to North Platte. Or get a full Des Moines to North Platte flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Des Moines well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Des Moines!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 410 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 55 minutes
21 Des Moines travel answers
24 Omaha travel answers
4 Lincoln (Nebraska) travel answers
2 Hastings (Nebraska) travel answers
3 North Platte travel answers


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