Lincoln, NE

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Under the sweeping Nebraskan skies, the state capital offers many historic sites and buildings, a thriving cultural scene and miles of outdoor trails.

Visit Lincoln to enjoy plenty of cultural and artistic attractions as well the scenic, natural beauty of the surrounding farms and grass-covered flat plains.

Before heading out into Lincoln’s popular outdoors, take some time to explore the city itself. Head to the Haymarket, a turn-of-the-20th-century warehouse district where wagons were once bought and sold. Today, the restored buildings feature boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, galleries and Nebraska’s first microbrewery. Buy fresh produce, flowers and homemade food stalls at the farmers market which is held every Saturday morning during the summer.

From the Haymarket, make the short walk to Iron Horse Park where you can see the brick mural that depicts the first locomotive crossing the prairie.

Lincoln was founded in 1856 and was originally a village called Lancaster. The name was changed to Lincoln a few years later as a tribute to the recently assassinated president.

The city is also home to one of the world’s largest collection of publicly owned quilts. Head to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum to see more than 3,500 quilts dating from the early 18th-century to the present day. Art is a big part of Lincoln’s cultural activities and many of the city’s galleries offer interactive activities for both children and adults.

Head outdoors and take a hike through the prairie grasses, woodlands and wetlands of the Pioneers Park Nature Center. Photograph the flowers in the Sunken Gardens at Antelope Park or visit Wilderness Park, the city’s largest park with more than 1,475 acres (596 hectares) of land.

Note that Lincoln can get rainy and windy from March to May, with possible tornados. It can be hot and humid in July and August, but outdoor pools offer reprieve. From December to February extremely chilly conditions are common. Whatever the weather is, however, this growing city has plenty of open spaces, nightlife and thriving arts to keep you entertained for days.

Where to stay in Lincoln

Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
2201 Wildcat Circle, Lincoln, NE, 68521
The price is $100 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Lincoln. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
"We were very happy with the accommodations! Pet features were good! We will definitely plan Best Western Plus Lincoln as one of our stops in the future!"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Graduate Lincoln
Graduate Lincoln
4 out of 5
141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE, 68508
The price is $104 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lincoln. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,005 reviews)
"Except for the disabled room given to my son on the 1st 2 nights, the rooms we had were comfortable. The beds were very comfortable. Location was great for getting around. We tried to use the pool on the 2nd part of our stay but unfortunately, it was too cold."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Embassy Suites Lincoln
Embassy Suites Lincoln
3.5 out of 5
1040 P St, Lincoln, NE, 68508
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $137 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Lincoln. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Great hotel, great customer service!!!!"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Very large 1 bedroom house great location
Very large 1 bedroom house great location
Lincoln, NE
Stay at this vacation home in Lincoln. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Nebraska State Capitol and Great Plains Art Museum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Safe neighborhood with good walking access to downtown. I needed a bed and a kitchen. It delivered. And, had washer and dryer."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Victorian Charm in College View- 2 Private Suites Available at Sisley Inn!
Victorian Charm in College View- 2 Private Suites Available at Sisley Inn!
Lincoln, NE
Stay at this vacation home in Lincoln. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Hyde Memorial Observatory and Lincoln Children's Zoo ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Victorian in Lincoln
"Adorable home in a great neighborhood with great coffee shop and chic boutique just steps away. We especially loved ending our day relaxing on the front porch. Kitchen and bathrooms were well equipped."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2022

Total Camping Package
Total Camping Package
Lincoln, NE
Stay at this campground in Lincoln. Enjoy WiFi, 2 bedrooms, and a shower/tub combo. Popular attractions Nebraska State Capitol and Great Plains Art Museum are ...
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