Nebraska is a state shaped by pioneers seeking a life for themselves on the far-flung frontier of a new nation. Today it is a place that prides itself on its hospitality, culturally active cities and engaging historical sites. Embrace the freedom of Nebraska’s vast prairies and soak up the atmosphere of its bustling and artistic cities.
The first pioneers to Nebraska were prehistoric American Indians, who arrived about 10,000 years ago. Different waves of colonists moved into the land from the 18th century onward. Discover pockets of Czech, Danish and Irish culture throughout the state from the waves of European settlers that arrived in the 1800s.
Learn about the story of the state in the Harold Warp Pioneer Village. This popular attraction features 12 historic buildings, including an old country church and a traditional general store. View displays dedicated to transportation and weaponry.
Relax in charming Omaha, Nebraska’s commercial and cultural center. The Joslyn Art Museum is one of the Midwest’s finest galleries and features a global array of paintings by artists such as Titian, Monet and Renoir. The Durham Museum and the Union Pacific Railroad Museum across the river in Council Bluffs, Iowa, cover numerous topics using interactive exhibits.
Stop in the capital, Lincoln, for eye-catching landmarks and family attractions. The massive State Capitol was built in the 1920s. Its central tower rises to an octagonal top with a large copper dome reaching 400 feet (120 meters) above the city. Lincoln also has a children’s zoo, sunken gardens and several museums.
Experience prairie farming life in agricultural attractions. Wessels Living History Farm features historic constructions such as a red, timber-frame barn and an old schoolhouse. Head to Arbor Day Farm, a national historic landmark, for seasonal activities and a ride through the grounds.
Fly into Omaha, on Nebraska’s eastern border. Drive across sweeping plains covering the center of the state. Visit Nebraska in summer for sunny days in the fields and longer opening hours in museums and heritage sites.