The Gateway to the West Starts in Nebraska

It’s not one of most well known states with tourists from other countries, but Nebraska, which is located in the Midwest in America’s Great Plains, is one of the most scenic. The two most popular cities are Omaha, which is the largest and the capital of Lincoln.

When it comes to size, Nebraska is the 16th biggest in America and just the 38thmost populous with approximately twomillion residents, meaning there’s a lot of room and freedom to enjoy yourself.

(photo by rscottjones)

Some of the state’s other major towns and cities are Grand Island, Bellevue, Kearney, Fremont, Hastings, Norfolk, North Platte, South Sioux City, and Columbus. Nebraska was the 37th American state to join the Union back in 1867.

The area was settled by Europeans in the mid 1800s when they joined the Native Americans who were already living off the land there. The state is situated on plains which were originally created by glaciers back in the ice-age. Some of America’s major rivers flow through it, such as the Missouri.

A lot of people consider Nebraska to be the gateway to the American west. The state offers a wide choice of outdoor activities to enjoy and the scenery borders on the spectacular.

There are also numerous historical attractions to visit, such as the California Trail, Agate Fossil BedsNational Monument, the Lewis & Clark Trail, the Missouri National Recreational River, the HomesteadNational Monument of America, the Pony Express Trail, the Oregon Trail, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska National Forest, the Niobrara Scenic River and Chimney Rock Historic Site.

The weather is usually ideal for visiting the sites and attractions, but the climate in the state’s eastern section does differ from the western part of it. But generally, the whole state enjoys cold winters and hot summers with the humidity decreasing the further west you go.

One of the best ways to explore the beauty of the area is to drive. It’s a pleasure to do so as the regional highway and interstate systems are quite up to date. You can also get a good look at the countryside by train and there are many miles of track that allow you to do this.

The region is rich in history when it comes to the railroad and Union Pacific makes it headquarters in Bailey Yard and Omaha. In fact, Bailey Yard is the largest railway depot in the world.

You’ll be able to take Amtrak service in cities such as Omaha, Lincoln, Holdrege, McCook, and Hastings. If you’re flying into Nebraska, you’ll find major airports in Lincoln and Omaha. There are several smaller airports in use for domestic and regional flights. The train will give you ample opportunity to view the natural beauty of the state and short plane trips will give you a bird’s-eye look at the scenery.

Nebraska’s roots can be traced back to a prairie outpost with the Durham Western Heritage Museum in Omaha as the best place to learn about its history. Lincoln’s State Capitol building and Haymarket region are also quite historical.

You’ll find an assortment of interesting galleries, shops, and restaurants throughout Haymarket. Over in Eastern Nebraska, the best sites include Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneers.

You won’t have a problem finding accommodations while in Nebraska, as there is a good selection ofhotels and motels to select from. These can be found in every type of price range, the same as the state’s restaurants. Nebraska offers an ideal combination of activities, wonderful scenery, and rich history which makes it an interesting an exciting place to visit at any time of the year.

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