Hear about travel to Nebraska as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gina Imm about her home state.
Gina says, “The state tourism board just came out with a motto that made me laugh, “Nebraska, honestly it isn’t for everyone”. And then it goes into these awesome things that you can do in Nebraska. I think that someone who loves a good road trip, likes to go off the beaten path, maybe not as mainstream as some other areas), that is who is going to love going to Nebraska.”
Gina starts us in Omaha which is the largest city in Nebraska. She recommends a stay in the Old Market neighborhood and a visit to the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium which TripAdvisor called the world’s best zoo in 2014. She also recommends a visit to the Joslyn Art Museum and a visit to the Durham Museum to learn more about the history of the “first state in the west”. She also highly recommends the Lauritzen Gardens.
Gina is recommending that we visit in summer when we can take advantage of some of the season festivals like Jazz on the Green and Shakespeare on the Green. Baseball fans might consider a visit in June for the College World Series.
Outside of town, she introduces us to tanking (floating down a river in a horse tank with 3+ friends) at Platte River State Park. Half an hour from Omaha at Springfield, she introduces us to Nebraska wine (and hot air ballooning) at Soaring Wings Vineyard. In Fort Calhoun, Gina says you can do yoga with Alpacas at Alpacas of the Heartland.
If you visit Nebraska in the fall, nothing quit says Nebraska like a visit to a Nebraska football game in Lincoln where attendance regularly exceeds 90,000 enthusiastic fans.
Then Gina heads us to the Sand Hills for more tanking, inner-tubing, brewers, Nebraska steaks, and birdwatching. Every year roughly 500,000 sandhill cranes (80% of the cranes on the planet) visit Nebraska. They tend to wing their way through the state from mid-February until mid-April.
You can round out your trip to Nebraska with the National Homestead Monument, some old forts, and maybe the ruts from covered wagons.
Here why Gina left Nebraska but still takes this state with her in her heart.
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Old Market (Omaha, Nebraska)
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Joslyn Art Museum
Jazz on Your Green
Magnolia Hotel Omaha
College World Series
Platte River State Park
Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
Alpacas of the Heartland
Arbor Day Farm
Soaring Wings Vineyard
Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association
University of Nebraska Football
Nebraska’s Big Rodeo
Hidden Paradise Cabins
Ainsworth Flowers & Gifts
Long Pine State Recreation Area
Watch Central Nebraska’s Annual Sandhill Crane Migration
Explore Nebraska’s Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Visit Nebraska
Meadville Park | VisitNebraska.com
Smith Falls State Park
Niobrara Lodge, Valentine
Niobrara River Ranch Cabins
Lord Ranch Resort and Cabins
Niobrara Valley Vineyards
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Homestead National Monument
Round the Bend Steakhouse
National Parks in Nebraska
Images courtesy of Gary Arndt
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