Valentine, NE

Travel Guide
Valentine showing tranquil scenes and horseriding as well as a couple
Visit this historic ranching town to experience the vast Nebraskan sand hills, fish for prized catches and hike through canyons carved by the Niobrara River.

Channel your inner cowboy at Valentine, a town in the midst of Western Nebraska’s expansive sand hill region. This town began as a tent settlement at the terminus of a railroad in the early 19th century. Come here today to find a vibrant and historic community set amongst landscapes that have inspired artists, poets and ranchers.

Learn about Valentine’s railroad and ranching history at the Cherry County Historical Society Museum, which displays models and photographs of the town’s early days. Stop by Centennial Hall, housed in a school building dating back to 1897, to see more exhibits of Valentine’s storied past.

Explore the fertile Nebraska sand hills, where plains have supported ranchers herding cattle for over a century. This 19,000-square-mile (49,000-square-kilometer) expanse of grass-stabilized dunes is the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Camp under the stars at Merritt Reservoir, one of the vital water sources in the region. Swim in cool waters, fish for bass and enjoy the photogenic bluffs and tree-lined beaches that surround the lake. Stop by the Merritt Trading Post for fishing and camping gear.

Follow the Niobrara River downstream from Valentine to hike trails through stunning riverine canyons. Canoe down the river with a guide and see bison and mule deer grazing on the banks. Visit the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge to see huge flocks of ducks nesting.

Experience the life of a cowboy at Arthur Bowring Ranch, where you’ll see authentic barns and dwellings of 19th-century ranchers. Take a pleasant horseback tour through the Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area and see stunning waterfalls in the Smith Falls State Park.

Valentine is located in western Nebraska, about 5 hours’ drive from the state capital, Lincoln. Get around town and its surrounding attractions by car.

Follow the footsteps of pre-industrial ranchers along the cowboy trail, a limestone pathway that leads southeast of Valentine. Hike to the Niobrara gorge to a particularly spectacular wooden bridge spanning the 148-foot valley.

Trade Winds Motel
Trade Winds Motel
2.5 out of 5
1009 E. Hwy 20, Valentine, NE, 69201
The price is $95 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Valentine. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (613 reviews)
"The staff was so friendly & rooms were very clean. Breakfast was good & satisfying. The only complaint we had was it was so noisy in the mornings. The cleaning staff were so good to us, but I like to sleep in. There was a fishing tournament & the fishermen all were leaving early. I would recommend ..."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Trade Winds Motel
Harmony Inn & Suites
Harmony Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
304 E Highway 20, Valentine, NE, 69201
The price is $139 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Valentine. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Cherry County Historical Society Museum ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (159 reviews)
"Room was clean and spacious. Lots of hot water and loved having the option of 3 beds in one room. Great for families!"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Harmony Inn & Suites
Comfort Inn Valentine
Comfort Inn Valentine
2.5 out of 5
101 S Main St, Valentine, NE, 69201
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $134 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Valentine. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (279 reviews)
"The room was comfortable and clean. Plenty of amenities: pool, hot tub, breakfast. Convenient location for gas and restaurants."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Comfort Inn Valentine
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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, 68154
The price is $119 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 5
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Omaha. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (320 reviews)
"Easy parking, good location"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Omaha West
South Platte Cabins & Kennels
South Platte Cabins & Kennels
2 out of 5
501 Stagecoach Trail, Ogallala, NE, 69153
The price is $125 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this cabin in Ogallala. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (79 reviews)
"Excelent!"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2022

South Platte Cabins & Kennels
Beautiful Timeless Residence Located in the Prime Heart of Omaha’s Old Market!
Beautiful Timeless Residence Located in the Prime Heart of Omaha’s Old Market!
Omaha, NE
The price is $140 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this apartment in Omaha. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a sauna. Popular attractions Henry Doorly Zoo and Orpheum Theater are located nearby. Discover ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Old market is a great spot!
"Loft style in and older building… nice tech/tv in appt… fantastic mattress and adjustable base… our only complaint is the parking system that was pay per hour/day… it was a sh!tshow with starting and stopping our time…. It was digital and didn’t make any sense why they bill when they do and charged ..."

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Beautiful Timeless Residence Located in the Prime Heart of Omaha’s Old Market!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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