The beautiful state of Nebraska offers couples an abundance of opportunities for romance and relaxation. The Cornhusker State is home to lovely lakes, wondrous waterfalls, and gorgeous gardens perfect for exploring with a partner. When you’re looking for fun and excitement, try one of the many local restaurants and expansive wineries. Start planning your romantic weekend getaway by reserving a Nebraska vacation rental in one of these scenic cities.

1. Lincoln

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As Nebraska’s capital city, Lincoln offers plenty of options for couples looking to spend time together. Explore the Sunken Gardens to see more than 30,000 plants designed around a unique theme as you stroll through the 1.5-acre garden. Then, head to Deer Springs Winery, which features a tasting room set in a renovated 1876 farmhouse. The owners of this winery host extravagant craft shows, music events, and wine tastings throughout the year. If you share a love of art, take a walk through the Sheldon Museum of Art. Finish your night out with dinner at The Green Gateau, one of the Star City’s most elegant eateries.

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2. Alliance

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Located in northwestern Nebraska, Alliance is home of one of the only drive-in movie theaters in the state. Check the Sandhills Drive-in movie schedule, choose a film, then snuggle up in your vehicle as you enjoy the show. If either of you are auto buffs, be sure to check out the fun Carhenge monument, an automobile-inspired take on Stonehenge. Explore Dobby’s Frontier Town hand-in-hand; stroll past the old-town jail, peek inside the print shop, and view the old-time photos that hang on the wall of the Lonesome Duck Saloon & Bordello. For dinner, head to Ken and Dale’s for incredible comfort food that’s sure to hit the spot.

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3. Omaha

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Known as the Gateway to the West, Omaha is a popular vacation destination, and it has plenty to offer couples. Take a sunset stroll across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, an impressive 3,000-foot structure that connects Nebraska to Iowa. Enjoy a romantic riverboat cruise aboard the River City Star, or opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic Old Market section of Omaha with Magical Journey’s Carriage Services. The Durham Museum is brimming with historical exhibits, all set in a train station that dates back to 1931, while Lauritzen Gardens, a 100-acre botanical garden, is awash with beautiful blooms. Don’t miss the Heartland of America Park; this man-made lake offers boat rides, flowing fountains, and moonlit light shows, creating the perfect ambiance for romance.

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4. Valentine

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What could be more romantic than a weekend getaway in a city named Valentine? Whether it’s February 14th or any other day of the year, America’s Heart City is the ideal vacation destination for your relaxing trip. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend their time horseback riding, kayaking on the Niobrara River, or fishing at the Merritt Reservoir. See the stunning waterfalls at Smith Falls State Park and Snake River Falls, or explore the self-guided hiking trails. The Niobrara Valley Vineyards offers various events throughout the year, including buffet dinners and murder mystery dinners. The Peppermill Restaurant & EKV Lounge is the place to go for amazing food and happy hour drinks.

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5. Minatare

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A vacation rental in Minatare puts you in western Nebraska, with plenty of natural areas to explore, including Lake Minatare and the Lake Minatare State Recreation Area, which covers nearly 3,000 acres and includes the Lake Minatare Lighthouse. Climb the curvy stairs to take in incredible views of the lake and valley from the top. See the town from your romantic horse-drawn carriage when you book a tour with Chimney Rock Carriage Company, then enjoy dinner at The Mixing Bowl. Take lunch to go if you want to enjoy a quiet picnic at the recreation area.

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6. Nehawka

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On the eastern end of Nebraska, Nehawka has plenty to offer couples seeking respite and a chance to reconnect. The Slattery Vintage Estates & Tasting Room offers more than 60 wines, most from the state, as well as craft beers from local breweries, so there’s a taste to please every palette. Join your sweetie for some karaoke or trivia night at the Nehawka Bar & Grill while you munch on appetizers and enjoy happy hour drinks. Surprise your sweetheart with a delivery from Oakwood Floral to your vacation rental.

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7. North Platte

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Located in southwestern Nebraska, North Platte is chock full of museums to suit any interest. The Lincoln County Historical Museum consists of a large building full of exhibits and antiques as well as historical homes, machine sheds, and a church out back. The Cody Park Railroad Museum is a delight for train enthusiasts. Be sure to check out Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, where the famous showman spent much of his downtime. The Victorian-era house brims with Buffalo Bill memorabilia. For a delicious dinner out with your date, head to San Pedro Mexican Restaurant or Luigi’s Italian Restaurant.

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8. Ashland

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The picturesque town of Ashland is lined with charming shops and eateries just waiting to be discovered. Stop by Cheri O’s Coffee House & Ice Cream Parlour for a morning brew, a lunchtime snack, or to share a sweet treat with your sweetie. Check out Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, a 440-acre drive-through park where you’ll see elk, buffalo, waterfowl, and much more. Space-lovers can’t miss the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. For more adventure, explore Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, which offers 690 acres with hiking trails throughout. Cellar 426 is a popular Ashland winery with incredible views, a romantic tasting room, and a schedule full of exciting musical events. Enjoy a cozy dinner at Roselyn’s Restaurant, or stop by Breadeaux Pizza for a few slices to share at your vacation rental.

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