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Beneath its unassuming exterior, Nebraska has plenty for visitors to discover; from otherworldly landscapes to vibrant cities and quirky roadside attractions.

About Nebraska

Whether exploring wide-open spaces, scenic places, or engaging in outdoor activities, Nebraska offers a variety of attractions and experiences for visitors.

Nebraska is also known as the Cornhusker State, after a nickname given to the University of Nebraska athletics team.

The term 'cornhuskers' comes from the method of harvesting corn by hand, which was common in Nebraska before the invention of husking machinery.

States neighbouring Nebraska: Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.

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Map of Nebraska

The eastern part of Nebraska consists of rolling hills and fertile plains, while the western part is characterised by high plains.

The state capital of Nebraska is Lincoln, while its largest city is Omaha.

Nebraska Overview

Nebraska is a state located in the Mid-western region of the United States.

Nebraska is bordered by South Dakota to the north, Iowa to the east, Missouri to the south-east, Kansas to the south, Colorado to the south-west, and Wyoming to the west.


Nebraska experiences a continental climate with four distinct seasons.

Summers are generally hot and humid, while winters can be cold with occasional snowfall.

Spring and autumn offer pleasant weather with mild temperatures.


Nebraska's economy is primarily based on agriculture.

It is one of the leading states in the production of corn, soybeans, beef, and pork.

Additionally, the state has a significant manufacturing sector, particularly in the production of machinery, food processing, and transportation equipment.


Nebraska marks the the beginning of the Great Plains in the west, while the Missouri River flows along the eastern border of the state.

Higher Education

Nebraska is home to several notable universities, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Omaha, and Creighton University; a Jesuit, Catholic university in Omaha.

These institutions contribute to the state's educational and research endeavors.

Historical Significance

Nebraska played a crucial role in the westward expansion of the United States.

It was a major route for pioneers traveling on the Oregon Trail, California Trail, and Mormon Pioneer Trail.

The state has several historical sites and museums that showcase its pioneer heritage.

Natural Attractions

One of the most famous natural attractions in Nebraska is the Sandhills region, a vast area of sand dunes and grass-covered hills that spans central and western Nebraska.

The state also has numerous lakes, rivers, and state parks, including the iconic Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff National Monument.


The population of Nebraska is relatively spread out, with several small to mid-sized cities and towns located in the state.


Nebraskans are known for their passion for college football.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's football team, the Cornhuskers, has a storied history and a large fan base.

The team plays their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Visiting Nebraska

Nebraska has much more to offer in terms of culture, and attractions; including historical sites, museums, and charming small towns.

Whether you're interested in history, nature, or cultural experiences, you'll find something to enjoy in the friendly, Cornhusker State.

Chimney Rock National Historic Site

A significant landmark along the Oregon Trail, Chimney Rock is an iconic natural rock formation.

It's a symbol of the westward migration in the 19th century and offers stunning views of the surrounding prairie.

The visitor center provides information on the history and geology of the area.


The capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln offers a mix of historical and cultural attractions.

Visit the Nebraska State Capitol building and take a tour to admire its architecture and learn about Nebraska's government.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus is worth exploring, and the Sheldon Museum of Art features a diverse collection of American art.

Nebraska's State Parks

Nebraska is home to several beautiful state parks.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, near Ashland, offers hiking, fishing, and a water park; Platte River State Park is known for its scenic trails and outdoor activities; and Indian Cave State Park features hiking, camping, and cave exploration opportunities.


Omaha is Nebraska's largest city.

Explore the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, which is consistently ranked among the best zoos in the world.

Visit the Joslyn Art Museum, the Old Market district for shopping and dining, and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge; which spans the Missouri River and connects Nebraska to Iowa.


Nebraska's Sandhills region is a unique geographical area characterised by rolling sand dunes covered with grass.

An excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, the region offers opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and enjoying the serene beauty of the prairie.

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Located in western Nebraska, Scotts Bluff National Monument is a geological formation that served as a landmark for pioneers travelling along the Oregon Trail.

You can hike trails to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area and learn about the history of westward expansion at the visitor center.

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

Located near Ashland, this museum showcases the history of aviation and the Strategic Air Command.

You can explore various aircraft, including bombers and missiles, and learn about the role Nebraska played during the Cold War.


TTo appreciate the towering Nebraska State Capitol Building, you'll have to go inside.

Map of Lincoln, Nebraska

Map of Lincoln, Nebraska

The floor, of inlaid Italian and Belgian marble, is designed to look like a Native American blanket. You can also get a good view of Nebraska's capital city from the 14th floor.

The history of the Plains Indians is well presented at the Museum of Nebraska History, and you can also visit the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

Where to Stay in Lincoln

Country Inn Suites Lincoln

Country Inn Suites Lincoln - Official Hotel Website

Country Inn Suites Lincoln: 5353 North 27 Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.

With its charming decor and comfortable amenities, the Lincoln Country Inn Suites provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Start the day off right with a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast featuring waffles, hard-boiled eggs, bagels, breads, muffins, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, tea and other choices.

Guests at the Country Inn Suites Lincoln can relax in the heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness centre.

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The largest city in Nebraska is named after the Omaha people. The community developed as a supplies depot for overland wagon trains heading west, and prospered even more when it became a terminus on the Union Pacific Railroad.

Mormon migrants sheltered in Omaha during the winter of 1846-1847.

A stop on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Omaha is known for its pioneer history, museums and cultural centers.

Oregon Trail

Scotts Bluff National Monument, near Gering, and Fort Kearny State Historical Park, near Kearney are both important landmarks in the Nebraska part of the Oregon National Historic Trail.

Around Nebraska

The name Nebraska comes from a Siouan expression for flat water, a reference to the Platte River.

The Nebraska State Historical Society operates a state-wide network of historical sites and museums.

A statewide travel adventure program encouraging travellers to visit Nebraska museums, libraries, parks, and other historical points of interest in order to win participation prizes along the way has been launched under the banner Wander Nebraska.

Visit Nebraska

There seven distinct regions for Nebraska Visitors to enjoy.


Arts, culture, food and nightlife, Metro Nebraska is the place to experience Nebraska's vibrant urban scene.

Nebraska Sandhills

Home to the Niobrara National Scenic River, the visual landscape and ecological diversity create a natural getaway in Nebraska Sandhills.

Northeast Nebraska

Quaint towns dot the landscape and history runs deep in Northeast Nebraska; as if taking a cue from the Missouri River.

Northwest Nebraska

It's truly wild in Northwest Nebraska. Rugged bluffs rise from the land, turning wide-open spaces into national treasures.

South Central Nebraska

Follow the trails, South Central Nebraska is full of them. Just be sure to look up for the iconic Archway and in spring, the sandhill crane migration.

Southeast Nebraska

Explore bluffs and caves carved by the Missouri River and the delights of Nebraska’s capital city in Southeast Nebraska.

Southwest Nebraska

Head west. It's what the pioneers did and you can too, for frontier lore, railroad history and wide-open spaces in Southwest Nebraska.

Nebraska Attractions

Most of Nebraska's main attractions are in the Platte river valley, and mark the pioneers' westward route along the Oregon and Mormon trails, as well as the Pony Express and Union Pacific Railroad.

Chimney Rock

Designated the Chimney Rock National Historic Site, the 45 metre Chimney Rock sandstone spire, near Bayard, was an important landmark for early settlers travelling west across Nebraska on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails; a true symbol of the great western migration.

Fort Robinson

From Crazy Horse to the cavalry to the K-9 Corps, Crawford's Fort Robinson played host to them all. Experience the long and varied history of this outpost on the Plains at the Fort Robinson Military Museum.

Lake McConaughy

Although most of Nebraska is used for agriculture you can always hit the beach at Lake McConaughy, near Ogallala. The 100 miles of sandy white beaches attracts windsurfers and trout fisher folk.

Listed on the Top 100 Family Places to Fish and Boat in the United States, Lake McConaughy is Nebraska's biggest lake and the largest reservoir in a three state region.

Pioneer Village

Testament to 150 years of American change, the Harold Warp Pioneer Village complex in Minden is comprised of 28 buildings on 20 acres housing over 50,000 irreplaceable items of historical value; restored to operating order and arranged in the chronological order of their development.

Historic buildings, a Frontier Fort, Pony Express Station, Iron Horse, and a home made of sod are some of the items to discover.

Pony Express Station

Of the few Pony Express Stations remaining in existence, two are located in Gothenburg. The Pony Express Station in Gothenburg's Ehmen Park is a main attraction for tourists.

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