The Midwestern state of Nebraska includes the cosmopolitan cities of Lincoln and Omaha. But it’s also home to vast expanses of unpopulated, rolling countryside and some of the most beautiful state parks in the US.
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Once home to indigenous tribes including the Pawnee and Omaha people, Nebraska was admitted as the 37th state of the USA in 1867. Today it’s a sprawling, sparsely populated state that’s roughly divided into four regions: the Nebraska Panhandle, North Central, South Central, and Eastern Nebraska. Most visitors head straight for Metropolitan Nebraska, which includes the capital city of Lincoln, and Omaha, the state’s largest city. Visit Nebraska and you’ll also discover several charming small towns.
There's more to this Midwestern state than meets the eye. Get off Interstate 80 and you’ll uncover some of Nebraska’s rich history, from Native American culture to dinosaur remains.
Once known as ‘The Beef State’, dining on Nebraska beef at one of Omaha’s steakhouses is recommended. It may come as a surprise, but the sizable Vietnamese population in Lincoln means that the Pho and Banh Mi cuisine on offer here are truly authentic, and delicious!
What to do in Nebraska
Start your trip with a visit to the vibrant city of Lincoln, renowned for its art and nightlife. Check out the farmers’ market and galleries of the Haymarket District or the ‘Penis of the Prairie’, the aptly nicknamed 400-foot high Capitol Building. After a day exploring, you’ll enjoy dining on Vietnamese Pho and Banh Mi.
You’ll find Omaha has a number of excellent museums including the Art Deco Durham Museum and The Union Pacific Railroad Museum. The town of Bellevue is also worth exploring – it’s the oldest town in Nebraska.
Soak up some local history with a visit to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park where you’ll see fossilized remains of three-toed horses, camels and rhinos from 12 million years ago. Or hike the Oregon Trail to see Scotts Bluff National Monument and the Oregon Trail Museum. During the summer months, you can take the shuttle bus to the bluff’s summit.
Top travel tips for Nebraska
Nebraska lies in ‘Tornado Alley’ and violent thunderstorms are common during the spring and summer months, so keep an eye on weather reports. Try to avoid driving in more rural parts of the state during the winter, when ice storms and blizzards are common.
The main airports here are Omaha and Lincoln, whilst Interstate 80 crosses the state from east to west. Renting a car remains the best way to see more of Nebraska, as many areas are sparsely populated and public transport is limited.
Native American history, delicious food, art, culture and vibrant nightlife add up to make Nebraska an undiscovered gem for your next vacation. Browse Flipkey’s fantastic range of vacation rentals today and find the perfect base for your trip.
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