As soon as they don’t call Nebraska: the state of antelopes, and the state of tree-planters, and the state of black water, and even the state of grasshoppers! We advise you not to focus on the names, the main reason why you should go to Nebraska is the nature and high level of culture of its small towns.
The main cultural attractions of Nebraska are, of course, in the cities of Omaha and Lincoln. But the nature of the state also deserves special attention, because in Nebraska there are several national natural parks at once: Chimney Rock, Niobrara River Valley, Homestead and Aegetian fossil deposits.
- Countryaah – Cities in Nebraska: List of all municipalities in the state of Nebraska, including cities and towns of Nebraska.
The state capital is Lincoln.
Large cities – Omaha, Bellevue, Grand Island.
How to get there
To get to Omaha – a large city of Nebraska – from Moscow is possible only by plane, or rather by two. The most convenient route is with one change in New York. There is another option, in principle, identical in price: first fly to Europe – Stockholm or Warsaw, from there to the same New York and Omaha.
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Weather in Nebraska
Nebraska has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters, wetter in the east and arid in the west of the state. In Omaha, the average temperature in January ranges from -10°C to +1°C, in July – from +19°C to +31°C. Nebraska is located on Tornado Alley: in spring and summer there are often severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Attractions, entertainment and excursions in Nebraska
The main cultural attractions of Nebraska are, of course, in the cities of Omaha and Lincoln. But the nature of the state also deserves special attention, because in Nebraska there are several national natural parks at once: Chimney Rock, the Niobrara River Valley, Homestead and the Aegetian fossil deposits.
National Park Aegetian Fossil Deposits
This park is located in the northwest of the state, on the banks of the Niobrara River. With the surrounding prairies, it covers 3,000 acres, in other words, 12 million square meters! From the interesting: here you can visit the ranch of Captain James Cook, where the remains of fossil mammals of the Miocene era were found. See an interesting collection of exhibits reflecting the life of the American Indians, collected by them.
On the plains of Nebraska, there are remnants, these are rock formations that have survived after the destruction of rock masses. In the 19th century, they served as landmarks for settlers traveling west along the Oregon Trail. Now these stone pillars are part of the history of Nebraska. And one of them – Chimney Rock, or Chimney, which means chimney rock, has the status of a US National Historic Monument. The height of the cliff above the surrounding valley is more than 90 meters, and above sea level – 1288 meters. Previously, this unusual “stone spire” was even higher, but winds and frequent lightning strikes are gradually destroying it.
There are many parks and squares in Lincoln where you can relax and listen to the city orchestra or students of the music school for free.
The Scotts Bluff National Monument is also well known and popular with tourists. It consists of five cliffs rising above the prairie. Their height is more than 330 meters!
Omaha is famous, first of all, for the fact that a large number of millionaires live here. And only then with its high cultural level: here is the largest theater community in the United States, the Omaha Community Playhouse, the symphony orchestra, the Opera, several drama theaters and the Dutch Arts Center are also based here. It is worth visiting the Bemis Contemporary Arts Center, the Children’s Museum and the Durham Museum.
Omaha also has one of the most famous zoos in the United States – “Henry Dorley”. Its opening took place in 1894. 17 thousand animals are kept in conditions as close as possible to their natural habitat.
Be sure to visit the huge botanical garden, which is spread over an area of more than 400 thousand square meters. And the museum of locomotives, it is located at the railway station. There is also a curious bridge in Omaha, crossing which you will find yourself in the state of Iowa!
The state capital, named after President Abraham Lincoln, boasts both typically urban landscapes and rural vistas. All the advantages of a large city are collected here, but there are no urban problems – dirty air, traffic jams, crime. Well, almost not. There are many parks and squares in Lincoln where you can relax and listen to the city orchestra or students of the music school for free.
The Lincoln Market Historic District is full of souvenir shops, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and nightclubs. And on Saturdays, a market for farm products is open here.
Amateur photographers will certainly be interested in the Capitol, built in 1922-1932, its height is 121 meters. It is the second tallest of the Capitols in the United States, after Louisiana (137 m).