Road trip along the Oregon Trail: A journey through history

History and intrigue along America's final frontier.

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Created by roadtripper668373 - January 24th 2021

Come learn the stories of one of the most important chapters in America's history. The museums and historic sites in this guide focus on preserving the culture of life on the Oregon Trail. See artifacts from everyday pioneer life, visit forts that once guarded pioneers from feared Native American attacks, examine actual ruts left by the wagons constantly moving westward. You’ll uncover every aspect of the Oregon Trail and want to delve further and further into its complex history. Sure, it's nothing like playing The Oregon Trail on your old PC, but at least you won't have to worry about feeding your oxen or dying of dysentery. So, take on your own manifest destiny and discover the history and intrigue of traveling along America's final frontier.

318 W Pacific Ave, Independence, MO, US

National Frontier Trails Museum

Get in the "Go West" mindset of Oregon Trail pioneers at the National Frontier Trails Museum, dedicated to the start of many westward trails. Artifacts, exhibits, videos and more tell the stories of the brave individuals who made the journeys.

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1114 South Noland Road, Independence, MO, US

Silver Heart Inn Bed And Breakfast

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11500 E 23rd St, Independence, MO, US

Burger King

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15mi 00h 22m
Photo of Minor Park/Red Bridge Crossing
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South of E. Red Bridge Road and just west of Blue River Road, Kansas City, MO, US

Minor Park/Red Bridge Crossing

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The Blue River Crossing was one of the first obstacles faced by pioneers. Thankfully, rather than caulking your wagon and floating it across, you can take the Red Bridge Crossing.

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18mi 00h 22m

3001 Merriam Ln, Kansas City, KS, US

Woodyard BBQ

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203mi 03h 14m
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840 N 70th St, Lincoln, NE, US

Honest Abe's Burgers & Freedom

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The simple exterior and strip mall location of local burger favorite Honest Abe's Burgers and Freedom are deceiving: the burgers they serve up are far from plain. Chutneys, pickled onions, aiolis, pork belly, truffle fries, and gluten-free and vegan options keep the rotating burger options consistently intriguing.

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7mi 00h 12m
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2400 South 148th Street, Walton, NE, US

Prairie Creek Inn

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69mi 01h 12m

5520 S Lincoln Ave, York, NE, US

Wessel's Living History Farm

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Take yourself out of the Oregon Trail and fast-forward in time a bit to the Dust Bowl. The well-maintained farm, live animals, antique equipment and gorgeously restored church and museum at Wessel's Living History Farm in York, NE, can entertain for a few hours, if you're being thorough. Have a tour guide take you around and explain everything to you.

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54mi 00h 56m

1400 E South St, Hastings, NE, US

Kitty's Roadhouse

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Kitty's Roadhouse in Hastings, NE is a quirky garage-themed joint that serves up plenty of drinks and awesome wood-fired pizzas with delectable toppings. Not something pioneers would have been able to enjoy, but definitely something they would have appreciated.

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45mi 00h 51m
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Kearney, NE, US

Fort Kearny

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Historic Fort Kearny was established to protect pioneers traveling on the Oregon Trail. There are several buildings that have been rebuilt to make the fort appear as it did back then, along with some exhibits in the visitor center. Take a moment to get into costume and post with a covered wagon for a souvenir.

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155mi 02h 27m

519 E 1st St, Ogallala, NE, US

Ogallala Front Street

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Ogallala Front Street is part museum, part Wild West show, part steakhouse, part saloon, and part diner. Learn about how Ogallala was known as the "Gomorrah of the West" and maybe indulge in a little of that Wild West fun with a Nebraska-raised steak, a cold beer, or just breakfast and a browse through the museum.

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29mi 00h 30m
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U.S. 26, Lewellen, NE, US

Ash Hollow State Historical Site

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Head to the Ash Hollow State Historical Site's Windlass Hill to see the ruts left by Oregon Trail wagon wheels as they descended the slope. There's also a campsite and a gravestone from a girl who died along the journey.

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73mi 01h 13m

9822 County Rd 75, Bayard, NE, US

Chimney Rock - National Historic Site

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Chimney Rock National Historic Site is a distinctive landmark, and all that remains of a sandstone cliff that has eroded. It can be seen for many miles and assured pioneers on the Oregon, California, and Mormon trails that they were headed in the right direction.

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21mi 00h 26m

2930 Old Oregon Trl, Gering, NE, US

Legacy Of The Plains

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2mi 00h 06m

3030 Country Club Road, Gering, Nebraska, United States

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190276 Old Oregon Trail, Gering, NE, US

Scotts Bluff

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56mi 01h 12m
Photo of Fort Laramie National Historic Site
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965 Gray Rocks Road, Fort Laramie, WY, US

Fort Laramie National Historic Site

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Fort Laramie National Historic Site is a former fur trading post-turned-military fort, which was a popular stop for immigrants on the Oregon Trail. There are tons of restored buildings to explore, so leave plenty of time to check out everything you want to see!

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16mi 00h 24m
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437 W Whalen St, Wheatland, WY, US

Register Cliff

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3mi 00h 08m
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Guernsey, WY, US

Oregon Trail Ruts

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The Oregon Trail Ruts in Guernsey, WY is another spot along the trail where you can literally walk in the footsteps of pioneers. It's hard to believe that ruts from the wagon wheels are still visible today, some 150 years later.

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104mi 01h 60m

101 E Ivinson Ave, Laramie, WY, US

Anong's Thai Cuisine

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The best time of year to travel the Oregon Trail is late spring, summer and early fall. During this time of year the weather will be temperate and you won't have to worry about any of the harsh winter conditions that plagued the pioneers during days of old.