When people think of small-town America, Nebraska immediately springs to mind. The state is full of picturesque little towns where the people are friendly and the main streets are still the center of activity. Of course every town has its own particular charm – here are just a few that we think stand out.
This historic town in southeast Nebraska is home to the amazing Strategic Air and Space Museum. The town features modern conveniences and attractions alongside loads of charming old-time buildings.
Aurora has repeatedly been named on lists of the best places to live in Nebraska. Located near Grand Island, the quaint town contains lots of historic buildings as well as the super-fun Edgerton Explorit Center.
There's something truly special about Chadron and its unparalleled beautiful surroundings. With Chadron State Park, Nebraska National Forest, Oglala National Grasslands, and Toadstool Geological Park all nearby, there's always something fun to do in Chadron.
Located in southwest Nebraska, McCook has the amenities you'd expect in a larger city but the charm and friendliness of a small town. Plenty of cultural events keep residents and visitors busy year-round, and there is no shortage of shops and restaurants. McCook is also home to the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in the state.
Minden is known as "Nebraska's Christmas City" thanks to its dazzling display of more than 12,000 lights in the courtyard square during the holiday season. The town is also home to the delightful Harold Warp Pioneer Village, an attraction that draws visitors from all over the area.
Nebraska City is full of natural beauty, but it's also full of fun activities and historic attractions. One of the highlights of the town is the annual AppleJack Festival which attracts from 60,000 to 80,000 visitors to the town every year and features all kinds of apple-related foods and fun.
This small town of less than 5,000 people has some big history, starting with the Pony Express and transcontinental railroad. The town's Old West heritage is preserved in the fantastic historic Front Street, and the town is conveniently close to Nebraska favorite Lake McConaughy.
As the former home of American author Willa Cather, Red Cloud's natural beauty and pioneer history has been immortalized in novels like O! Pioneers and My Antonia. The town now contains a large Willa Cather memorial consisting of multiple sites connected with the author's life. The historic downtown area is a great place to take a leisurely stroll, and the town's nine-hole golf course is said to be the third best in the state.
On the banks of the Big Blue River, Seward has been ranked among the best places to live in America. Their annual Fourth of July fireworks display is known as one of the most impressive in the state. Seward is close enough to Lincoln that residents can easily enjoy small-town living and city conveniences.
There's so much natural beauty in Valentine it's almost unbelievable. Smith Falls State Park, home to the state's tallest waterfall, is nearby, as is the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. The Cherry County Historical Society Museum is a fantastic attraction that memorializes the hardy pioneer history of Valentine and the surrounding area.
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