Bus Tours Welcome! A Guide for Tour Operators

Visit Red Cloud—Our unique small town on the prairie and meet Willa Cather, Nebraska’s foremost citizen and author of O Pioneers!, My Ántonia & Death Comes for the Archbishop 

❧ Willa Cather once said, “I always return to Nebraska.” ❧

Visit one of Nebraska’s premier historic attractions in a cultural oasis on America’s Great Plains. The National Willa Cather Center preserves, operates, and interprets the largest assembled group of nationally-designated historic buildings related to any author in the United States. To visit Red Cloud is to encounter a town and entire landscapes, largely unchanged, as world-famous author Willa Cather knew them as a young girl—and would later write about.

Enjoy an immersive and historic experience and let us create the perfect itinerary—and meal—for your timeframe. Basic tour packages are $10 per person or $25 per person (including a boxed lunch, with tax).

What Your Group Will Experience

Exclusive Offerings for Bus Tours—

  • Customized tour itineraries within your timeframe
  • Customized catered or boxed lunch options
  • Free meal & tours for bus drivers/tour escorts
  • Complimentary bus parking
  • Discount on group lodging in Red Cloud
  • On-site tour coordinator

Meals & Lodging—

  • Delicious catered lunches served in our Red Cloud Opera House Gallery—Relax with a tasty boxed lunch ($15 per person, inc. tax/tip) or a customized menu at extra cost. Or let us plan a perfect prairie picnic—in season.
  • Red Cloud offers historic lodging for small groups of 15 or less. Plans for a boutique hotel are underway (opening 2022). Hastings has options for larger groups (40 mins away). 

In the Center of Everything

Red Cloud is in south-central Nebraska on the Kansas border—just over an hour between I-70 & I-80 on U.S. 281—and 20 miles north of the Geographic Center of the USA! Don’t “fly over”—stop thru!

❧ Exit off the Interstate to a scenic rural byway and straight into our delightful prairie world! ❧

View our full-color Profile Sheet, attached below, for additional information.

For additional information or to plan or book your group tour:

Rachel Olsen, Education Coordinator at or 1.866.731.7304 (office)