Nebraska is ocated in the Great Plains, boasting towering dunes, wide open plains, dramatic rock formations and bustling cities. Lincoln, the state capitol, and Omaha are the two main population centers. There are a range of scenic spots, unusual roadside attractions, historic areas and vibrant cultural scenes to enjoy. The Nebraska landscape also holds some fascinating attractions for those who take the time to explore it.
TOP 8 PLACES TO VISIT
Just north of Alliance in the Sandhills you will find the unexpected monument consisting of cars stacked and arranged in unusual design. It is a replicate of the iconic British landmark made from stone – Stonehenge. The monument is made entirely from painted gray vintage cars made in the United States. Even if you’re just passing through a want a great photo, Carhenge is worth a stop.
2.SCOTTS BLUFF NATIONAL MONUMENT
Scotts Bluff with its collections of several bluffs rising from the flat landscape was an important natural marker for those traveling through to the Western United States. The bluffs can be seen from multiple angles from several hiking trails winding through the area. The most popular trail is called Overlooks Trail, it let you look out over North Platte Valley and admire the natural beauty of the region from a spectacular vantage point.
3.STRATEGIC AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, ASHLAND
The museum first opened in 1959 and was called The Strategic Air Command. In 1998 the museum moved to its current location, a few years later the name was changed to The Strategic Air and Space Museum. If you are a fan of aircraft and aviation technology you will be impressed with the extensive collection of all manner of airplanes, spacecraft, and a special exhibits that change on a regular basis. Seasonal astronomy shows and motion rides that simulate the feeling of being in a helicopter or riding a roller coaster is offered by the planetarium on site.
4.GOLDEN SPIKE TOWER IN NORTH PLATTE
With more than 150 trains and 10 000 rail cars entering the yard daily, the tower is officially certified as the world’s largest railroad yard. The eight stories high tower is fully enclosed in glass and offers a bird’s eye view out over the Bailey Yard and the full expanse of the Platte river valley. At the visitors center at the base of the tower all manner of Union Pacific memorabilia is showcased. The Golden Spike Tower is just on the outer edge of North Platte.
5.OMAHA’S HENRY DOORLY ZOO & AQUARIUM
The zoo and aquarium is a unique facility and home to the world's largest indoor desert, the largest indoor jungle, and the largest nocturnal exhibit. Displays are largely interactive and engaging, with opportunities to touch stingrays as they swim by or ride a camel. You can also enjoy a movie at the Lozier IMAX 3D with its constantly changing line-up of movies.
6.THE DURHAM MUSEUM
At the museum the architecture blends with time gone by memories. As one of Omaha’s most unique treasures Union Station, the museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the region and offers a broad-range of traveling displays covering subjects ranging from history and culture, to science, industry and more through our affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum.
7.MUSEUM OF AMERICAN SPEED
Founded by “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith in 1992, the museum is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and displaying physical items significant in racing and automotive history. The vast collection from the Smiths’ personal involvement in racing, hot rodding and their lifelong passion for collecting and preserving historic automotive artifacts is on exhibit in the three level building. Museum visitors can witness a stunning array of history-making cars, engines, parts, toys and memorabilia. You’ll see countless rare and one-of-a-kind items, all presented in beautiful displays and dioramas.
8.OMAHA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
The museum is the most visited museum in Nebraska featuring outstanding interactive permanent exhibits focusing on art, science and early childhood education. Exhibits include giant ball machines, a kid-sized grocery store, tire and auto service center, science and technology lab, maker-space, art studio and much more! Traveling exhibits, daily educational programs, special events, food and gift shop are also featured.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE
The best way to get around is to rent a car. Other transport available is taxis, limos, shuttle bus and trains.
The best time of the year in Nebraska is from September through the end of October the weather cools off and rain is infrequent. The blue skies, changing tree colors and harvest crops create a beautiful, happy scene across the state which is the ideal time to get outdoors, catch a local state fairs and enjoy the bounty of the farms. Late May through early June is also a nice time in Nebraska because the humidity hasn’t kicked in yet..