A railroad town at heart, North Platte is famous for being the founding town of Bill Cody’s “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show and for its railroad history dating back from WW-II to Present. Book a room with Choice Hotels in North Platte, NE to begin your adventure. Discover it all, including:
Start your trip by immersing yourself in North Platte’s history and culture at the world’s largest railroad yard, Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard. During the North Platte Rail Fest in September, a bus tour guided by former railroad workers will take you all over the yard.
Stretch your legs and get outdoors at Cody Park near downtown North Platte. Be prepared for hours of fun with its three playgrounds, swimming pool and petting zoo—a child’s paradise. The park also features a static railroad display and miniature carnival rides to keep everyone entertained.
Truly appreciate the size and scale of the eight-mile Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard at the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center. Talk to the retired UP employees to hear the story of railroads in America and remember to bring your binoculars for the seventh floor platform’s 360 degree view of the Bailey Yard.
In this small town, the Lincoln County Historical Museum is big with history. Spend a few hours learning about North Platte’s involvement in WW-II with military personnel traveling through the town on the train. The museum also features historic farm commercial buildings and local history artifacts inside the museum.
The Fort Cody Trading Post is only short drive from downtown North Platte. This store produces a miniature, half hour Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with 20,000 hand carved figures, as well as an Old West museum with cowboy gear and Wild West memorabilia.
Pay homage to the men and women of all the armed forces who served at any time during the 20th century at America’s 20th Century Veterans’ Memorial. The memorial also honors the volunteers of the North Platte Canteen who served the WW-II troops traveling through the town by train.
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