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Get To Know Nebraska
Few states offer the types of memorable experiences and opportunities that Nebraska does for its visitors. Where but here can you watch sand hill cranes soar overhead, visit Buffalo Bill Cody’s hometown, canoe on mild rivers, enjoy a summertime astronomy party, and dine on delicious cuisine? It’s all here in the state known for its lively culture, fascinating history, and beautiful landscapes. Here’s what you can expect when you book a bus ticket to Nebraska.
There's no shortage of things to do in Nebraska.
A Brief History of Nebraska
The Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne tribes were among the first Native Americans to settle on the land known today as Nebraska. They depended on bison for food and clothing, and it was not unusual for them to follow these animals to locations where they were most prominent. The Pawnee and Omaha tribes were more settled in other parts of the land, where they would hunt buffalo and plant abundant crops. Europeans laid claim and fought for control of the land throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, but the U.S. assumed control through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. By the middle of the century, people flocked to the state via the Oregon Trail and, eventually, through the growing railroad system. In 1867, the state was admitted to the Union.
Must See List
- See a replica of the world-famous Stonehenge made of old cars at Carhenge!
- Experience the tall grass at Big Blue Ranch, Burchard
- Be a cowboy at Double R Guest Ranch, Mullen
- Hand feed the buffalo at Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Tours, Niobrara
- Watch birds and start gaze at Ponderosa Ranch, Crawford
- Practice your cow herding and rope skills at Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch, Burwell
- Taste beer and cider at Boiler Brewing Company, Lincoln
- Sample crafted beer and comfort food at Bootleg Brewers, Taylor
- Order brews and pizza in this icehouse Loop Brewing Company, McCook
Top Cities To Visit in Nebraska
Omaha is the state’s largest city, and it’s among the liveliest places to go for a good time. Begin your journey at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters and Visitor Center, where you can delve deep into the famed explorers’ journey through this part of the country. Browse the vibrant artwork at the completely free Joslyn Art Museum and celebrate African American culture at the Great Plains Black History Museum. One of the city’s most renowned attractions is the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium — it’s often considered one of the country’s best thanks to its unique indoor jungle and desert. There’s also an IMAX 3D theater here as well as a fantastic aquarium. It’s the perfect spot to bring the kids!
What’s so “grand” about Grand Island? It’s a family-friendly spot where nature and cultural activities collide. This is where approximately 500,000 sandhill cranes come together in late winter and early spring, and it’s easily one of the most magnificent sites you’ll encounter while you’re here. Stop by the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center and take part in a tour during migration season. Cool down at Island Oasis Water Park with the kids, and set up camp at Mormon Island State Recreation Area — it’s just off I-80 and provides outstanding spots for swimming and fishing. If you’re seeking a relaxing, welcoming, and beautiful trip, check out Nebraska. It’s obvious that despite what some may say, there are hundreds of exciting things to do and places to see. Book a bus ticket today and start planning your trip!
Situated along the Platte River, Lexington is a modestly-sized town. If you want to set sail, head southwest to nearby Johnson Lake, where you can enjoy a day on the water. Other area highlights include the Dawson County Historical Museum and the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles.
Quiet, peaceful, and relaxed, Ogallala is the ultimate place to visit if you’re a water lover. It’s home to Lake McConaughy, or “Big Mac” as some lovingly refer to it. This is a 100-mile body of water that provides excellent spots for everything from windsurfing to boating to fishing. For a taste of genuine Wild West excitement, be sure to visit the Front Street and Cowboy Museum downtown.
Lincoln is vibrant, historic, and beautifully laid out. The streets are jam-packed with historic buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among the most noteworthy spots are the early 20th-century Federal Trust Building and the posh Nebraska Governor’s Mansion. Of course, there’s a lot more going on here, too. The 400-foot tower at the Nebraska State Capitol is worth a few photographs, and the immaculate layout of landscaping and water features at Sunken Gardens will wow you.
All About Culture in Nebraska
Nebraska’s tourism campaign slogan, “Honestly, it’s not for everyone,” is hardly likely to draw millions of visitors, but that just leaves more to enjoy for those curious travelers who are interested in making the most of their time on its rugged terrain. The slogan is meant to be tongue-in-cheek and a bit self-effacing, which happens to be right in line with the friendly, good-humored attitude you’ll encounter when you visit. The state’s reputation is one of simplicity, but there’s nothing simple about the incredible historic attractions, scenery, and spirit here. To know a Nebraskan is to understand that Nebraska Cornhuskers football is everything, no questions asked, and to recognize that it’s normal to strike up a chat with absolutely anyone. This is a warm, inviting state where people are grounded in nature, character, and authenticity.