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Welcome to Nebraska

From vast grasslands to the Nebraska Sandhills, from rocky bluffs to river valleys and endless expanses, Nebraska greets visitors with unforgettable outdoor adventures for campers.

Start your Nebraska adventure on the state's Panhandle. As the pioneers made their way west through present-day Nebraska, they encountered a series of large rock formations that served as natural landmarks along the Oregon and California Trails, including Courthouse and Jail Rocks south of Bridgeport, Chimney Rock near Bayard and Scotts Bluff National Monument outside Gering. Restored and reconstructed buildings at Fort Robinson State Park provide visitors a look at life when the fort was in operation.

A different sort of formation looms just outside of Alliance. Carhenge is a collection of 38 vintage cars that form an automotive tribute to England's mysterious Stonehenge.

The Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron tells the story of the traders, trappers and American Indians that made up the fur trade. The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center celebrates the woman who immortalized life on the High Plains in books such as Old Jules, Cheyenne Autumn and Crazy Horse.

Sandhills
The Ogallala Aquifer is a vast yet shallow underground water table aquifer located beneath Nebraska Sandhills.

An unusual site of geological interest is Happy Jack Chalk Mine near Scotia, one of only two underground diatomic mines known to have existed in the United States and the only one open for public tours.

Scott Lookout Tower at the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey offers visitors the opportunity to get above the tree line and really take in the scenery.

Lewis & Clark
Nestled in the heart of Northeast Nebraska, Norfolk offers first class recreation and award-winning attractions including the Norfolk Arts Center. No trip to Norfolk is complete without a stop at the Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center, home of the Heeeere's Norfolk! Johnny Carson Gallery. An active dig site, Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park near Royal is the only place in the world where entire three-dimensional skeletons of prehistoric mammals are preserved.

Prairie Lakes
Home to reservoirs of varying sizes, Prairie Lakes is aptly named. The largest, Lake McConaughy near Ogallala provides opportunities for water recreation.

Ogallala's Petrified Wood Gallery showcases ancient woods and fossils from around the world plus Native American arrowheads and artifacts.

Established to protect emigrants on the Oregon Trail, Fort McPherson is one of America's most beautiful national cemeteries.

Designed to honor 100 years of heroes, the 20th Century Veterans' Memorial in North Platte features a larger than-life bronze statue, Defenders of Liberty and brick murals depicting the five major conflicts of the 1900s. Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, also known as Scout's Rest Ranch, is a living history park located west of North Platte. As a buffalo hunter, Army scout and Pony Express rider, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody embodied the frontier spirit.

Frontier Trails
History comes alive at Grand Island's Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, where you can immerse yourself in living history exhibits. The Great Platte River Road Archway spanning I-80 near Kearney shares the history of those who traveled across the land along the Mormon, Oregon and California trails. For a broader look at Nebraska history, visit the Hastings Museum, filled with displays illustrating life and culture on the Plains. And there's no shortage of things to see at Minden's Harold Warp Pioneer Village, which houses more than 50,000 historic items within 26 buildings.

Visit Willa Cather's childhood home and six other restored historic buildings at the Willa Cather State Historic Site in Red Cloud.

Located adjacent to Cabela's in Kearney the Classic Car Collection features over 130 vehicles from the early 1900s to the modern.

From late February through early April nearly half a million sandhill cranes stop to rest and refuel along the braided waters of the Platte River, creating a birdwatcher's paradise.

Pioneer Country
In 1862, the Homestead Act turned more than 270 million acres of land over to individuals. Today, Homestead National Monument of America commemorates the lives and accomplishments of the pioneers who came west to stake their claim on the prairie. Visit Arbor Day Farm's Tree Adventure in Nebraska City to soak up the beauty of your environment from a 50-foot-high tree house and journey through the woods on the Discovery Ride. The Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail & Visitor Center reveals the more than 300 flora and fauna discovered by the explorers on their historic journey.

Metro
The largest city in the state, Omaha attractions include Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, Durham Museum Climb, Omaha Children's Museum, the Mormon Trail Center, Lauritzen Gardens and Boys Town. Boys Town began as a single boarding house in 1917. Today, visitors can explore the Hall of History, stroll through a garden inspired by the Bible, rest in the Dowd Memorial Chapel and see the world's largest ball of stamps at the Leon Myers Stamp Center.

The community of Ashland offers the Strategic Air & Space Museum, Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari and Mahoney State Park.