With its tallgrass prairies and sandhills, North Platte still feels like a wild frontier.
Tallgrass prairies, sand dunes, and refreshing reservoirs surround North Platte. It's no wonder Buffalo Bill called this Nebraska paradise home. The wide open spaces are a haven for horseback riding and mountain biking. For paddling and water adventures, the Platte River is a must-visit. Where else can you float downriver in a cattle tank? For a taste of the town's heritage, stop by Buffalo Bill Ranch State Park. It's located right in the suburbs of North Platte. Wild West fans get stoked about touring the old ranch home and buildings that once belonged to the icon himself. To cool off during a sizzling Nebraska summer day, head to Lake Maloney. Located just 6 miles south of North Platte, this reservoir boasts lakeside campgrounds and top-notch grilling and picnicking areas. While you're here, play a game on the disc golf course, or take advantage of some of the region's best walleye fishing. Sutherland State Recreation Area is another popular spot, with easy access right off I-80. The 3,000 surface acre Sutherland Reservoir is great for boating, fishing, or wakeboarding. If you're traveling with the fam, kick back at the sandy swimming beach. However you explore the plains of Central Nebraska, you have plenty of options for your home base. Pull in at one of the RV parks along the I-80, or enjoy tent camping at a state recreation area. When packing, remember to bring a pair of binoculars for spotting sandhill cranes in the rolling grasslands. North Platte is known for its bitter winters, which explains why most campgrounds are seasonal. The best time to camp here is early summer and fall. The hot summer can be great for spending days on the water, but keep in mind it's also twister season—camp with caution.