Nebraska February 06, 2017
8 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Nebraska — No Hiking Required
Nebraska is definitely a great place for hiking, and those hikes can lead to some amazing destinations. But not everyone is able to take long, leisurely walks through fields and over streams. For those people, there are still plenty of natural wonders to see either from your car or after a short, easy walk.
1. The scenic Missouri and Niobrara River Valleys
This lush, lovely landscape is the perfect place to take a walk, but it's almost as impressive from the car. The
Lower Niobrara River Valley Driving Tour
actually takes you along both the Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, winding through the countryside on gravel roads. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, and even if you can't get out to explore, you'll never forget this journey.
2. Chimney Rock
The 500-foot-tall spire in Bayard is probably the most recognizable Nebraska landmark, and you can see it from your car or from the visitors center parking lot.
3. Blackbird Overlook
is on the Omaha Indian Reservation a few miles north of Decatur. It overlooks the beautiful Missouri River and provides especially spectacular views in the fall. It also happens to be the site of one of Nebraska's most enduring
4. Wauneta's Little Grand Canyon
Nebraska has its own
little Grand Canyon in Wauneta
, and you can view it from a scenic lookout spot right off of Route 6. You'll only have to take a few steps to take in this unexpected splendor.
5. Nebraska National Forest and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
are not entirely a natural wonder - all of these trees were actually planted by hand! You can drive right through these beautiful wooded areas - Nebraska National forest is outside of Chadron and McKelvie Forest is located near Valentine.
6. The annual sandhill crane migration
This incredible natural spectacle is an experience everyone should have at least once. While it's truly amazing to get out of the car and observe the birds a little more closely, you can also see
the sandhill cranes
from your car - or right outside of your car. They converge on an 80-mile length of the Platte in the Grand Island/Alda/Hastings/Kearney area, and there are plenty of places to pull over as long as you're respectful of landowners and the birds.
7. The Sandhills via the scenic byway
8. Scotts Bluff National Monument
One of Nebraska's most popular attractions doesn't even require you to get out of your car. While you can hike if you want to, the huge rock formations are still impressive from the inside of your vehicle.
You don’t have to miss out on Nebraska’s beauty if you’re not up for a hike – these spots are all perfectly suited for those who need to stay put. If you’re up for a short and easy hike,
this one leads to someplace unforgettable.