By Delana Lefevers|Updated on March 03, 2023(Originally published February 28, 2023)
As a lifelong Nebraskan, Delana loves discovering the many hidden treasures of her state. She has worked as a writer and editor since 2007. Delana's work has been featured on more than a dozen websites and in Nebraska Life Magazine.
Nebraska is a one-of-a-kind place, and it’s full of one-of-a-kind sights and experiences. Barring our plentiful and spectacular natural features (which deserve an entire list of their own), here are 20 wonderfully unique things you can only find in Nebraska. Consider this your Nebraska bucket list!
As always, it’s impossible to fit EVERY great thing in Nebraska onto just one list. So what are your opinions on the very best things can you find only in Nebraska? Share them with us in the comments below so we can explore more of our wonderful state!
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What are some of the best attractions in Nebraska?
Looking for more fun things you can only find in Nebraska? Here are some of our favorite NE attractions for your bucket list:
Chimney Rock. There are some pretty amazing natural wonders in Nebraska, but none quite compare to Chimney Rock. In the endless expanse of the Nebraska prairie, Chimney Rock appears suddenly and seemingly out of thin air. This natural monolith is not a mirage; it's a perfectly positioned sculpture created by Mother Nature herself. During the days of Westward expansion, Chimney Rock, as it came to be known, was used by pioneers as a marker along the Oregon Trail. Capped with a long, thin spire, the volcanic ash and brule clay formation soars 480 feet above the gentle Nother Platte River Valley, a place intrepid adventurers can -- and should -- explore today.
Arbor Day Farm. Did you know Nebraska is where Arbor Day began? It's true! And you can experience that legacy at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. This 260-acre farm includes the 140-room Lied Lodge, Apple House Market, Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, and the one-of-a-kind canopy walk that might be the most marvelously unexpected attraction in Nebraska. The Tree House Trail is where the Tree Adventure begins; you'll pass by numerous immersive play areas on the way to the Treetop Village, and we highly recommend taking the time to explore them all. The canopy walk, meanwhile, is the only one of its kind in the entire country. It spans more than three acres and passes 11 unique treehouses along the way, each offering a different arboreal aspect. And since Arbor Day Farm is full of gorgeous trees, there's no shortage of sights at which to marvel.
Niobrara River. Nebraska might not be known for its beautiful bodies of water, but the Niobrara River will challenge your preconceived notions of this bread basket state. This 568-mile river is a tributary of the Missouri River that runs through Wyoming and Nebraska. Far from the wild and fast Missouri River that's most commonly associated with Nebraska, the Niobrara is a slow, sweet passage that's a favorite for water recreation -- especially river floats. With lush scenery and even small waterfalls, the Niobrara is a real-life oasis in the heart of the Midwest.
What are the best roadside attractions in Nebraska?
Nebraska is one of those criminally overlooked states that has so much to offer, especially in the way of epic roadside attractions, like: