Earlier this year, we brought you a natural wonders in Nebraska road trip that covered many of the spectacular natural treasures of western and north-central Nebraska. Now we’re back with another natural wonders road trip – this time, through eastern Nebraska and part of central Nebraska. We can’t squeeze all of Nebraska’s natural wonders into one (or even two!) road trips, but we think these are some of the most spectacular. We definitely recommend taking side trips and exploring new places along the way whenever possible.

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This trip will take you a little over 13 hours of driving time alone, so plan on spending at least a weekend exploring all of these places. There are so many more natural wonders (and tourist attractions) along the way that just wouldn’t fit into one map, so don’t limit yourself to these 10. Nebraska is a spectacular place – get out there and explore!

Did you miss our first natural wonders of Nebraska road trip? This Nebraska road trip is just as much fun as the one you just read about – we promise!

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Natural Wonders in Nebraska

  1. What are some of the best natural wonders in NE? 

Believe it or not, Nebraska is a state filled with plenty of natural wonders and it simply never gets enough credit. Some of the best natural wonders in NE include ones like:  

  • Scotts Bluff National Monument: easily one of the most popular vacation destinations in Nebraska 
  • Chimney Rock National Historic Monument: we bet you didn’t expect to find a geological wonder here in Nebraska! 
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument: This is another excellent one for fans of rocks and minerals.  

 

Learn more about the most amazing natural wonders in NE.   

  1. Which Western Nebraska natural wonders should I add to my bucket list? 

Of the several handfuls of excellent options one has for Nebraska natural wonders, let’s say we’re a little strapped for time – which Western Nebraska wonders should we add to our bucket lists? That’s easy! Add these Nebraska natural wonders to your bucket list ASAP list for the ultimate adventure:  

  • Smith Falls State Park – yes, there is a such thing as waterfalls in Nebraska 
  • Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge – did someone say another waterfall?  
  • Pine Ridge – who says Nebraska is all flat? Definitely not Pine Ridge 
  • Toadstool Geological Park – yet another intriguing natural wonder of Nebraska 

 

Learn more about the fantastic natural wonders in Western Nebraska on this road trip.   

  1. What are some of the most beautiful natural wonders of Nebraska? 

As we said above, Nebraska doesn’t get nearly enough credit for its beauty. All too many folks call it a “flyover” state, and they’re simply wrong. There are numerous amazingly beautiful natural wonders of Nebraska, such as:  

  • Ponca State Park, which is famous for its borderline surreal natural beauty 
  • Indian Cave State Park might have some of the best fall colors in the nation 
  • Oglala National Grassland might be the “flat” people think of when they think of Nebraska, but trust us: it’s awe-inspiring.  

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