in the Great Plains, near the exact geographic center of the United
States, Nebraska remains notable for its iconic connection to American westward expansion.
A natural gateway to the west, Nebraska attracted settlement as an important part of the Oregon Trail and was finally put on the map after Union Pacific began its transcontinental railroad at Omaha in 1865.
Major tourist attractions throughout Nebraska include Chimney Rock National Historic Site (left), Scotts Bluff
National Monument (middle) and summer fun at Lake McConaughy, popularly known as "Lake Mac" (right).
During peak tourist season, the western part of the state is also a prime vacation destination at Lake McConaughy (the state's largest) near Ogallala featuring sand beaches and near-endless opportunities for outdoor recreation including boating, camping, and bird watching.
DID YOU KNOW? Nebraska Travel Fun Facts
Rollin' in Lincoln, at the National
• New York? Beverly Hills? Nope. In Omaha Borsheims is the largest jewelry store in the nation.
More about Nebraska travel & tourism around the Web:
Visit Nebraska - A complete guide to the state including travel planner, searchable database of hotels, B&B's & guest ranches, plus guides to outdoor adventure, scenic byways, event calendar, online kid's games, Nebraska history, maps & pictures.
Welcome to Western Nebraska! - The region encompassing 20 Nebraska counties including
Cheyenne, Dawes, Lincoln, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, and more - with detailed histories, major attractions, online tours of scenic byways, guides to hotels, bed & breakfasts and campgrounds, maps, photo galleries.