2014 Forest River Cherokee
2014 Forest River Cherokee
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The state of Nebraska is littered with rolling hills, meandering streams, and dense forested valleys. Hidden amongst these incredible settings, is the delightful town of Hastings. Located just a 15-minute drive from Route 80, Hastings is accessible from Omaha, Lincoln or even as far as Denver, CO.
Originally established as a railroad town in 1872, the city was instrumental in building the railway that now runs throughout Adam’s County. Over time, the town gradually grew until a defining moment in 1927 – the invention of Kool-Aid and the construction of its factory in the city. This spirit of creativity and progression has been preserved by the community, something that can be seen throughout town in the colorful community murals that adorn buildings.
Hastings provides the perfect escape for vacationers and visitors. With convenient access to the Platte River, unique recreational spaces and an intriguing city to explore, why not search for an RV in Hastings and go explore!
There are plenty of outdoor spaces to explore with your RV rental from Hastings. Not only are there a number of local parks within the town itself, but Hastings also sits just 15 miles south of the eye-catching Platte River.
Lake Hastings is situated in the largest green space in the city, and less than a five-minute drive from the center of town. The lake is an ideal spot for swimming, fishing or even kayaking should you fancy trying something new! The 60-acres of grounds that surround the lake are also perfect for relaxing on a summers day with plenty of picnic tables, grills and even drinking water dotted throughout the park!
The best time of year to book an travel trailer rental in Hastings is spring. During these months a spectacular event takes place along the Platte River Valley. Audiences gather from all over America to witness the mass migration of sand cranes to the Platte River Valley. This basin provides the perfect environment for roosting sites, as well as a place for the cranes to refuel and relax before their migration recommences. For any avid bird watchers out there, it is a once in a lifetime, must-see event.
A smaller, but by no means inferior option for spending a day in the great outdoors, is Chautauqua Park. As well as huge green spaces and trails to explore, there is a relatively big Aqua Pool Park on site! This public, open-air swimming pool is free to use, clean and well looked after. A perfect option to keep the kids entertained on warm summers day!
When you consider a camper rental in Hastings, there are a great variety of campgrounds to choose from, no matter what your personal preference.
Hastings Campground and RV Park, located in the heart of town offers travelers a convenient location to set up for the night. With modern washroom facilities, including hot showers, a small clubhouse, and laundry room, you are guaranteed a comfortable night stay here. Despite the simple natural surroundings, the camp is in walking distance of Lake Hastings and several of the town’s best parks.
Slightly further out of town you will find Adam’s County Fairgrounds. A much more lively campground than most, Adam’s Fairground hosts the annual Fairfest each year, providing live entertainment and food stalls for the public. The campground is only open during the summer months and offers sites on a first come first serve basis. With nearly 400 different hook ups, this campground is well suited for any traveler looking for a bustling and lively campsite.
Alternatively, choose a campground to the north of Hastings, and you will be rewarded with peace, serenity and, during the spring months, some of the best views of the sand crane’s migration movements. The Grand Island KOA Journey is one of the closest campgrounds to the Platte River Valley, and with full hookups for your RV and immaculate facilities, there is no better place to stay in the area.
Once you have finished exploring the great outdoors, why not check out some of the numerous museums the city has to offer. One of the most talked about museums in the area is the Bigfoot Research Center. Suitable for adults and kids, this museum houses a 60-year collection of artifacts that attempt to prove that this elusive creature is existent. Whether you are a non-believer or a believer, it is a worthwhile visit.
If you are looking for a more conventional museum, head to the Hastings Museum, located right in the middle of town. Claiming to be one of the more varied and impressive museums in the state, the Hastings Museum houses both a planetarium and a theater! It is easy to get lost in here but do make sure to stop off at the permanent ‘Discover The Dream’ exhibition, which gives a detailed account of how Kool-Aid became an international success.
When Edwin Perkins established the factory to manufacture Kool-Aid in Hastings, he did not realize the success that would follow! Today visitors in Hastings are able to stop by the original Kool-Aid Factory. This colorful fronted building represents the vibrant spirit of the product, and its founders. If you still haven’t had your fill of Kool-Aid history, rent a motorhome in Hastings during the second week of August to experience the annual Kool-Aid Days Festival. Perfect for a fun-filled family day out, this festival promises concerts, parades, Kool-Aid drinking competitions, and the world’s largest Kool-Aid stand!
What could seem like a relatively ordinary Nebraska town, could in fact, be the destination of your best getaway yet! The sheer variety of sight-seeing activities, unique wildlife and epic museums all add up to a great stay in your Hastings motorhome rental!