Kansas City, MO skyline

Kansas City (MO) skyline at night, view from Downtown Airport

If you live in Lincoln, Nebraska, and want to get away for the weekend, you can choose to stay in your own state or visit other great getaways in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

1. Nebraska City, NE

If you're looking for a getaway close to home, Nebraska City is a short drive and you'll have no problem relaxing for a weekend among historic attractions and museums, where you can explore Nebraska's rich history. There's a wide range of outdoor activities, too. Stay near the Kimmel Orchard & Winery during the season where you can pick your own fruit and discover just how they get those little pits out of the whole cherries.

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2. Kearney, NE

In two hours you can be in Kearney, where you can find many great hotels and a variety of attractions that you and your family can explore. Choose a location near the Archway Monument, which chronicles 170 years of America's move to settle the West, or you can explore the Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center, as well as the Harold Warp Pioneer Village. For fishing, boating and other outdoor activities, visit the Cottonmill Park & Recreation Area.

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3. Sioux City, IA

If you're looking for entertainment, dining and the arts, find a place to stay in Sioux City. The Orpheum Theatre and the Sioux City Symphony present a range of performances at this regal theater, which was built in 1927 and restored to its original glory in 2001. There's also lots of fun to be had at the Hard Rock Hotel Sioux City, where the casinos and nightlife will make it a getaway you'll never forget.

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4. Grand Island, NE

In the mid 1800's, settlers wanted to develop a city in central Nebraska somewhere along the Platte River. Although Grand Island isn't actually an island, there are a number of water attractions you can visit during a weekend getaway here. Find hotel accommodations near the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer to discover the wonders of central Nebraska's history. Step back to 1896 and roam Railroad Town, Nebraska, where you can talk to the town's living historians and take part in hands-on activities.

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5. Kansas City, MO

Are you looking for world-famous food and great music? Stay in a centrally-located downtown hotel after your short three-hour drive to Kansas City. Considered by many to be the barbecue capital of the world, barbecue restaurants in the city carry on a great tradition. Kansas City's jazz heritage started in the 1920's and 1930's when jazz greats like Count Basie and Hot Lips Page played in the city's clubs. Today, over 20 venues regularly feature jazz performances. For a luxurious stay at a downtown Kansas City hotel steeped in local history, book a room at the elegant Raphael Hotel.

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6. Dodge City, KS

When you're looking for western adventure, head out to Dodge City. Check out the Best Western North Edge Inn. It's located close to all the Dodge City attractions, and there's always something to do whether it's winter or summer. Explore the Boot Hill Museum, live the elegant old west lifestyle at the Boothill Casino and Resort, or visit the Gunfighter's Wax Museum. There are so many things to do and see you'll wish your weekend would never end.

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Whether you'd like to explore the rich heritage of the old west or world-famous cuisine and music, these weekend getaways from Lincoln offer something for everyone.

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