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McCook, NE
Travel Guide

McCook featuring ballooning

Unravel a rich culture of cowboy history, architectural prowess, folk music and outdoor adventures in this “Magical City of the West.”

Experience the warm, welcoming spirit of Midwest America at McCook, a town that has been home to buffalo herders, senators and folk musicians. Founded in 1882 at the endpoint of the Burlington railroad extension, McCook’s growth was fueled by agriculture and trade.

Explore McCook’s streets, where cowboy heritage and fine art combine for a captivating visitor experience. See an equestrian show at the Kiplinger Arena before browsing local paintings at the Fine Arts Center. In the evenings, enjoy authentic outback cuisine at a steakhouse and then watch plays performed at the Historic Fox Theater.

Witness McCook’s storied past on the Heritage Square Historical Walking Tour, which passes through its old town. Take note of the Harvey P. Sutton House, which was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1907. Nearby, see the home of George W. Norris, an influential senator who governed Nebraska in the mid-1900s. Delve deeper in McCook’s history of agriculture and railroads at the Museum of the High Plains.

Enjoy peaceful walks through McCook’s parks, which feature ponds, picnicking lawns and playgrounds. Rollerblade through Elks City Park, play a game of sand volleyball at Barnett Park or stroll along the scenic Kelley Creek Walking Trail. Work on your swing at the Heritage Hills Golf Course or take the kids for an amusing game of disc golf near Kelley Creek.

Just outside town, immerse yourself in the natural surrounds of the Red Willow State Recreation Area, a 6,000-acre (2428-hectare) reserve. Fish for bass, hunt for deer or camp with panoramic views of the Nebraskan prairie lakes. Nearby, enjoy scenic boating at the Medicine Creek Recreation Area or see the waterfowl refuge at the Enders State Recreation Area.

McCook is located in southwest Nebraska, approximately 5 hours’ drive from Lincoln. Get around town on foot or drive to nearby nature reserves.

Visit McCook in the summer months to catch the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival, a celebration of the art of storytelling through folk music and cowboy poetry performances.

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites - McCook
Cobblestone Hotel & Suites - McCook
2.5 out of 5
1301 N Hwy 83, McCook, NE
The price is $81 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in McCook, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of TJ'S Family Fun Center, Kiplinger Arena, and Heritage Hills Golf Course. Senator George William ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (290 reviews)
"Breakfasts were great, room was good but would have liked earlier pool hours."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites - McCook
Holiday Inn Express McCook, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express McCook, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
711 North Hwy 83, McCook, NE
The price is $80 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in McCook, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of TJ'S Family Fun Center and Heritage Hills Golf Course. Museum of the High Plains and Fox Theatre are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (94 reviews)
"Hotel was easy to find, nice, clean, and close to mutiple places to eat. The young man that checked us in was nice, and made suggestions on places to eat dinner that would still be open since we didnt get in til almost 9:30. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Holiday Inn Express McCook, an IHG Hotel
Horse Creek Inn
Horse Creek Inn
2.5 out of 5
1 Holiday Bison Dr, McCook, NE
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $73 per night from May 12 to May 12
Situated in McCook, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Heritage Hills Golf Course and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Kiplinger Arena. McCook Station is 25 minutes by ...
4.2/5Excellent! (296 reviews)
"Clean and quiet. Time for some updates and painting but overall pretty good."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Horse Creek Inn
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TownePlace Suites by Marriott Omaha West
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Omaha West
2.5 out of 5
10865 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE
The price is $84 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in West Omaha, this aparthotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from OPPD Arboretum and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Westroads Mall. Miracle Hill Golf & Tennis Center and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (219 reviews)
"Absolutely wonderful place! We will be back!!!! Everything in a home you would need!"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Omaha West
South Platte Cabins & Kennels
South Platte Cabins & Kennels
2 out of 5
501 Stagecoach Trail, Ogallala, NE
The price is $96 per night from May 25 to May 25
Situated in Ogallala, this cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Petrified Wood Gallery, Cowboy Museum, and Mansion on the Hill Museum. Ogallala Community Hospital ...
4.3/5Excellent! (44 reviews)
"The cabin was so cute! Close to a few restaurants and gas stations but still off the beat and path. Well lit so you felt safe. The lake is right out your front door. The cabins are not huge but big enough. I will definitely stay again if ever find myself in Ogallala."

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

South Platte Cabins & Kennels
Lake Mcconaughy Cabin Within Walking Distance to Beach!
Lake Mcconaughy Cabin Within Walking Distance to Beach!
Lewellen, NE
Situated in Lewellen, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area and within 12 mi (20 km) of Ash Hollow State Historical ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
nice.
"nice place, quiet, everything worked."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Lake Mcconaughy Cabin Within Walking Distance to Beach!
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Reviews of McCook

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 3, 2020

Love McCook. Wish we could have stayed longer and come at a different time when more opportunities were available. Fortunately some restaurants had just opened up but other events were cancelled to to Coronavirus. Precious town, precious people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

The only thing about McCook is that the water can be pretty harsh, I would reccomend not showering in the hotel if possible if you have colored hair or sensitive skin.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Was there for a funeral

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

A nice, friendly small town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 21, 2019

the room was very quiet no doors banging. no traffic sounds.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

McCook is a smaller community. Those people that are not used to small towns may did it a bit frustrating. Very nice and friendly folks.