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North Platte is home to the famous Buffalo Bill Cody. This larger than life American icon's influence is still present to this day, so history buffs will love staying here. Come July 4th for Nebraskaland Days, a tradition Cody started in 1882. Buffalo Bill State Historical Park, houses the Victorian mansion he once lived in. There is a Cody Memorial in the city, and Cody Park has an old-fashioned carousel and railroad museum. There is even Cody Keno, a great way to spend the evening. The Fort Cody Trading Post is fun to browse through for souvenirs, native American artworks, leather goods and Western jewelry.
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North Platte owes a lot to the railroad, especially after the east railroad and west railroad merged in Utah. Walk along historic Front Street to see preserved steam locomotives. The Union Brady train yard in North Platte is the largest in the nation and you can see it all from the Golden Spike Tour. One hundred and fifty trains a day pass through here, making it the most constantly active on the planet. In mid-September, come for three days of festivities at Rail Fest, with food, live bands, vendors, games. See the model train exhibits and strong man competitions. Even at this annual event, it is easy to find comfortable motel rooms at discount prices.
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North Platte is a sports town. Game hunting and fishing, boating and winter sports are all found here. On Sunday afternoon when the weather warms, watch the kayak polo tournaments at Sutherland Lake. Walk the nature trails in Cody State Park along the North Platte River. See the largest collection of sports memorabilia from the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Touch Down Club, just minutes from low-cost hotel rooms.