Ranches and farms dot the landscape of the spread-out, land-locked state of Nebraska. The largest city is Omaha, located on the east border with Iowa, and its nickname is “Gateway to the West”. The Henry Doorly Zoo claims one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests with incredible indoor desert and nocturnal exhibits. You can walk or bike over a hundred scenic miles along the Missouri River, with a Pedestrian Bridge connecting Omaha with Council Bluffs.
Lincoln, an hour southwest of Omaha, is the State Capital. Its capitol building has been voted by architects as one of the ten most beautiful buildings in the world! The Hot Rod Super Nationals are held in Lincoln annually, and it is also home to the University of Nebraska, always a formidable football opponent. You might consider a Nebraska hotel in this area as there are plenty available!
Five different National Historic Trails (California, Lewis & Clark, Mormon Pioneer, Oregon, Pony Express) wind through the state. Follow one and imagine that you are the first! Rock Creek Station Historical Park contains some of the wagon ruts along these trails. Enjoy a horse-drawn tour to learn the history of Nebraska at Fort Robinson State Park, which is home to the Trailside Museum of Natural History as well. The Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in the very northwest corner of the state is also popular with visitors; a narrow portion of the Niobrara National Scenic River flows here. Spend some time in Nebraska, a real family-friendly place!