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Scotts Bluff National Monument Nebraska welcoming sign Toadstool Geologic Park, Nebraska

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Nebraska!

Nebraska has the potential to really surprise you. There's fantastic natural scenery to be found, plus tons of Oregon Trail history, ancient fossils, one of the best zoos in America, and the great medium-sized city of Omaha.

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of Nebraska. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Geologic Attraction / Dinosaur Attraction Harrison grass-covered plains scenery + well-preserved fossils
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park Natural History Museum Royal impressive collection of fossils
Audubon Rowe Sanctuary Wildlife Refuge / Bird-Watching Gibbon famous for its massive sandhill crane migration
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Bridge Omaha beautiful bridge that connects Nebraska with Iowa
Carhenge Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Alliance replica of Stonehenge; made out of old cars
Chimney Rock National Historic Site Geologic Attraction / Oregon Trail Attraction West Bayard famous Oregon Trail geologic formation
Courthouse & Jail Rocks Geologic Attraction Bridgeport Nebraska's "little Monument Valley"
Durham Museum, The Railroad Museum / History Museum Omaha part history museum, part railroad museum
Fort Robinson State Park Historic Fort / Geologic Attraction / Hiking Trails Crawford historic buildings, plus bluffs and badlands
Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center Railroad Museum / Scenic Views North Platte the world's largest railroad yard
Great Platte River Road Archway, The History Museum / Bridge Kearney huge walkway over I-80 + a good history museum
Henry Doorly Zoo Zoo Omaha one of the top 5 zoos in the U.S.A.
Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari Zoo / Drive-Through Safari Zoo Ashland one of the best drive-thru zoos in the U.S.A.
Museum of American Speed Auto / Transportation Museum Lincoln dozens of show, race, and production cars on display
Museum of the Fur Trade History Museum Chadron museum with focus on historical fur trade industry
Nebraska State Capitol State Capitol Building / Scenic Views Lincoln a "jaw-dropping" state capitol building
Niobrara River Canoeing/Kayaking / Bird-Watching Multiple towns one of the best rivers for canoeing in the U.S.A.
Old Market Shopping Omaha tourist center of Omaha
Omaha Children's Museum Children's Museum Omaha one of the best children's museums in the Midwest
Platte River Bird-Watching Multiple towns famous for its massive sandhill crane migration
Scotts Bluff National Monument Geologic Attraction / Scenic Views Gering Oregon trail history, scenic views & geologic sites
Smith Falls State Park / Snake River Falls State Park / Waterfalls Valentine perhaps the tallest & best waterfall in Nebraska
Strategic Air & Space Museum Aircraft / Aviation Museum / Space Museum Ashland extensive collection of military aircraft
Sunken Gardens Botanical Garden Lincoln well-regarded gardens
Toadstool Geological Park Geologic Attraction / Hiking Trails Harrison Badlands National Park scenery-without the crowds

Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Nebraska state welcome sign
Nebraska state welcome sign

Toadstool Geologic Park, Nebraska
Toadstool Geologic Park, Nebraska

Carhenge, Nebraska
Carhenge, Nebraska

Toadstool Geologic Park, Nebraska
Toadstool Geologic Park, Nebraska

Chimney Rock, Nebraska
Chimney Rock, Nebraska


Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of Nebraska that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

Holy Family Shrine Church / Chapel Gretna
Rowse's 1+1 Ranch Lodging Burwell
Largest Ball of Stamps Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Boys Town
Ponca State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Ponca
Joslyn Art Museum Art Museum Omaha
Memorial Stadium Football Stadium / College Football Lincoln
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer History Museum Grand Island


Explore more of our selections for the top 25 attractions of each state:

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Iowa South Dakota
Kansas Tennessee
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Louisiana Utah
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Maryland Virginia
Massachusetts Washington
Michigan Washington D.C.
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Missouri Wyoming
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