Highway Guides: Travelling on interstate 80, listed below, you will encounter cities and junctions for the specific states that you inquire.
Iowa - Cities: Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Newton, Iowa City, Davenport; Junctions: Interstate 29, Interstate 29, Interstate 680, Interstate 35/Interstate 235, Interstate 35/Interstate 235, Interstate 380, Interstate 280, Interstate 74
Nebraska - Cities: Kimball, Sidney, Ogallala, North Platte, Lexington, Kearney, Grand Island, Seward, York, Lincoln, Omaha; Junctions: Interstate 76, Interstate 180, Interstate 680, Interstate 480
Ohio - Cities Toledo, Elyria, Cleveland, Youngstown; Junctions: Interstate 475, Interstate 75, Interstate 280, Interstate 90, Interstate 480, Interstate 71, Interstate 77, Interstate 271, Interstate 480, Interstate 76, Interstate 680
RECREATION - With over 5,000 acres of water on which to fish, ski, or boat and a generous mix of valley and hill country for hunting, Dawson County offers many opportunities for families and individuals who like to spend time outdoors.
Johnson Lake - Offers something for everyone, with clean, spacious, tree-shaded, full-service campgrounds that will accommodate many visitors without anyone feeling cramped for room. Visitors can layout on the beach, swim, water-ski, cruise, sail, powerboat, fish or just enjoy the beautiful view.
Lexington Family Aquatic Center - Features a 13 foot diving well, 8 swimming lanes, 16 ft. dropslide in the deep pool, 171 ft. waterslide into the recreational pool, 3 waterplay features a wash off area and a wet sand play area. Also available are tennis courts and horseshoe courts, this area is wheelchair accessible.
Information Center - The Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce has conveniently located an Information Center in the AMPRIDE Gas Station 1/4 of a mile north of I-80, Exit 237, on the northbound lane of Highway 283. You will find brochures, maps, information and directions to lakes, museums, antique shops, historic sites, homes and other area attractions.
SIGHTSEEING - Dawson County Historical Museum - This Museum will surprise you with its size and scope and unique items like the 1915 McCabe Baby Biplane, built and flown right here in Lexington. Two important exhibits are "Big Al," and The Cattlemen's Exhibit. "Big Al" is a 15,000-year-old Colombian Mammoth discovered here in 1993, and is important because of the strong evidence of human association with the site. Cattle are the focus of the other exhibit, with much information about this important area industry. Dawson County has over 500,000 head of cattle on feed and the most modern beef-packing plant in the world.
Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles - In 1986, armed only with a determination to preserve historic military vehicles, four Lexington men formed the Heartland Museum. This is a living museum, with some of the vehicles ready to roll at a moment's notice. Not only are there restored jeeps, trucks, ambulances and half-tracks, but singular vehicles like the Downed Airman retriever, which is one of a handful existing in the entire world today. Admission is Free!
The Annual Antique Craft Show Extravaganza - With more than 270 antique dealers, craft displays, and flea market vendors, this is The Big Labor Day Weekend Show in Nebraska. The Extravaganza is held in the Dawson County Fairgrounds Complex in Lexington.
The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, which arches over Interstate 80 near Kearney, Nebraska, is the only historical attraction that spans an Interstate highway.
I-80's Exits To History In Nebraska
A lot of people drive across Nebraska; few linger. They get a bad case of lead foot as they barrel west on Interstate 80 trying to get the 450 miles of Nebraska behind them as quickly as possible. This is a shame. Nebraska is a place of clear light and calming vistas, of architectural landmarks, both majestic and humble, and many quirky little museums. Travelers can soak up some of the state's luminosity by simply easing up on the accelerator. A little knowledge about the region's history will give the unfolding panorama an extra blush and might prompt a traveler to stop and explore along the way.
Kearney NE Activities & Recreation
Welcome to IOWA 80 Truckstop
Back in 1964 when we began operations at Interstate 80's exit 284, who would have thought we would grow to be the World’s Largest Truckstop? After all, we were just a small, white enamel building with two diesel pumps, one lube bay and a tiny restaurant, located in the middle of Iowa cornfields, just west of the Mississippi River, and just north of Walcott, Iowa. The interstate highway system was still years from completion, and few people imagined the trucking industry would grow to what it is today. But there we were, zealously dedicated to serving the needs of professional drivers.
These days we’re still just as dedicated to serving the needs of professional drivers -- as well as anyone else traveling past our doors. Which is why we now offer hundreds of amenities – everything from the basics of fuel and food, to truck washes, a truck museum -- and even a dentist! Our facility now covers over 200 acres, and we’ve become a destination, an oasis, a halfway point, a permanent stop. Open without fail, 24 hours a day, seven days a week: The World’s Largest Truckstop.
Visiting Des Moines, IA
Ten years ago Des Moines almost literally sank. The flood of 1993 caused significant damage to the downtown area as well as the local economy. What a difference a decade makes. Today the capital city and cultural center of Iowa is revitalized. A versatile destination everyone will enjoy, Des Moines has an itinerary for almost every interest. Culture and art enthusiasts may want to roam through the Des Moines Art Center, spend the weekend museum-hopping or attend a Broadway-caliber performance at the Civic Center. Golfers can spend their time and energy teeing up at any of the area's fine championship courses. The Blank Park Zoo and the Iowa State Fairgrounds should be on the list for families. And gardeners will savor the fantastic blooms at the Botanical Center and the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden. Mix it up a little and sample all this "big city with a small town heart" has to offer
Visiting Cleveland, OH
A working class, world-class "new American city," Cleveland is a model of urban renewal. Once plagued by debt and dirt, the city cleaned up the downtown area and spruced up its parks and waterways to become one of the most livable cities in the U.S. A weekend visit gives you a taste of what makes the city tick. Cleveland's legendary art museum and symphony now have modern complements in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center. The city's long and proud sports tradition was bolstered by the opening of Jacobs Field, the first of baseball's new classic parks. That blend of tradition and innovation is now Cleveland's hallmark.
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