The Nature of Nebraska Deserves Special Attention
The main cultural attractions of Nebraska are located, of course, in the cities - Omaha and Lincoln. But the nature of the state deserves special attention, because in Nebraska there are several national parks: Chimney Rock, Niobrara River Valley, Homestead and Agate Fossil Beds.
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is a park located in the northwest of the state, on the banks of the River Niobrara. With the surrounding area of the prairie it takes 3000 acres, in other words, 12 million square meters. Here you can visit the ranch of Captain James Cook, where they found the remains of fossil mammals of the Miocene epoch; see an interesting collection of artifacts that reflect the lives of American Indians.
On the plains of Nebraska there are rock formations survived the destruction of rock masses. In the 19th century, they served as a guide for immigrants traveling west on the “Oregon Trail”. Now, these stone pillars are legacy of Nebraska. The height of Chimney Rock above the surrounding valley is more than 90 meters, above sea level - 1288 meters. Earlier this unusual “stone spire” was even higher, but the winds and frequent lightning strikes gradually destroyed it.
Omaha is famous, above all, by the fact that a large number of millionaires lives there; and then with high cultural level: it has the largest in the United States theatrical community “Omaha Community Playhouse”, symphony orchestra, opera, several drama theaters, and Dutch art center. Do not miss the huge botanical garden, which is spread over an area of 400 thousand square meters. And the museum of steam locomotives, it is located at the railway station.
The state capital, named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, boasts with typically urban landscapes and rural views. There are all the advantages of a big city, but no urban problems - dirty air, traffic jams, and crime. In Lincoln there are many parks, where you can relax and listen to the free city orchestra or music school students.