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America’s heartland is home to Grand Island, Nebraska. Nestled in the center of the state, the plains, wide open skies, and rolling Nebraska Sandhills are on display for those who visit this Midwestern town. Instead of continuing to fly over this destination, stay for a few days to uncover this unique spot on the map. You will not be disappointed.

Where to stay in Grand Island, Nebraska

Couples and families alike will enjoy easy access to popular Grand Island attractions when staying near Downtown Grand Island. Attend horse races and various shows at the Fonner Park all season long, then beat the Nebraska heat at the Island Oasis Water Park. For an extra treat in late August, the Nebraska State Fair Grounds will treat you to food, thrills, and entertainment for all ages. Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt, a 300-mile garage sale starting in Grand Island that extends into the Sandhills, is not to be missed for the pickers and treasure hunters at the end of September.

If history is your passion, then the Grand Island area has much to offer. Head south of Grand Island’s Downtown toward Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, to learn about the pioneer experience and prairie life in the area. Further south, stay in the town of Hastings, home to the Kool-Aid Museum and the experiential Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Hastings is not only history friendly, but family friendly with the Aquacourt water park and the Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska.

For rest after a long day out and about, relaxation, and a chance to take in the great outdoors, head to the outlying areas of Grand Island. Book a room in Central City, just north of Grand Island. Wine lovers can sample the fruits of the Nebraska soil at Prairie Creek Vineyards in town and can quickly hop to other popular wineries in the region. Adventure seekers may want to travel further north to tube, kayak, hunt, and canoe in the Broken Arrow Wilderness area. Alternatively, birdwatchers need to mark the Wood River in red on their maps as it is home to the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center. From here, they will be able to witness the spring migration of Sandhill Cranes and can enjoy tailor-made adventures along Platte River.

3 star hotels in Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island offers travelers three 3 star hotels to choose from, priced from . These hotels consist of a bed and breakfast outside the city limits, along with two hotels near Grand Island’s Downtown. All accommodations offer free parking, free WiFi, and free breakfast, including rooms outfitted with kitchenettes, flat screen televisions, toiletries, and hair dryers. Extra luxuries at the bed and breakfast list fireplaces and balconies in the room as well as a winery on site, whereas the hotels each offer indoor pools.

Hotels near Kearney Regional Airport and Central Nebraska Regional Airport

Kearney Regional Airport is located less than 50 miles southwest of Grand Island. While not currently accepting commercial flights due to runway maintenance, air travel is expected to re-open in 2018. Should future flights route you through this airport, consider a night at one of the hotels near Kearney Regional Airport.

Just three miles northeast of Grand Island, you can find Central Nebraska Regional Airport. This hub offers travelers non-stop flight options from select regional airports and, when combined with its close proximity to town, it is the most convenient airport when traveling to Grand Island. Hotels near Central Nebraska Airport can be found at a wide range of prices, starting at . All of them are located near the main Grand Island attractions.