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One Tank Trip for Nebraska Camping
The Cornhusker State is filled with vast plains extending from the prairies of the east to the scenic Rocky Mountains in the west, and in between lie charming small towns, and incredible metropolis areas waiting to be explored.
Kicking our one tank trip off in Omaha, this wonderful city is the state's largest riverfront community. Sitting on the west bank of the Missouri River, Omaha was once a prairie outpost, but it's hard to imagine this beautiful city having such humble beginnings. Travelers to this incredible city have to take a walk on the longest pedestrian bridge that links two states, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. This is no ordinary sidewalk; with over 150 miles of trails on both sides, this amazing cable stay bridge connects Iowa and Nebraska, and is the perfect place to jog, bike ride, walk, or just take a stroll. History buffs will love the General Crook House. Authentically restored and complete with garden, museum and exhibits, it's one you shouldn't miss. For the shopper, Omaha has something special for you! The Old Market district was once historic warehouses, and has been completely refurbished into the premiere shopping destination for this area. The uneven brick streets are lined with unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and pubs, and are a fabulous place to shop 'til you drop.
Heading out of Omaha, take I-80 W, after several miles, merge onto I-180 E, and then onto US-34 E to arrive at our next Nebraska RV camping stop, Lincoln. This wonderful capital city has much to offer travelers, from shopping, exquisite dining, several wineries to tour, many historical sites, and a wealth of museums. Most notable is the Nebraska History Museum, where visitors can explore ancient Native American artifacts, and peruse the past of this enchanting state. For an offbeat adventure, head over to the National Museum of Roller Skating, with the largest collection of roller skates and memorabilia in the world. Shoppers will love historic Haymarket. Once the site of the original market square, visitors can stroll past lines of shops, have a look at the historic Burlington railroad depot, maybe grab a tasty bite to eat, and slow down the pace a little before heading off to our next stop, Hastings.
Backtracking a little on our one tank trip, take US-34 W out of town, and merge onto I-80 W, and after several miles, merge onto US-34 S. In about two hours, you'll have arrived at Hastings. This charming Midwestern town is the agricultural heartland of the area. Many birders come from around the world to take in the spectacular migration of cranes and waterfowl as they stop over along the Platte River annually, and it's an incredible sight to behold. A premiere attraction here is the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History, where visitors will find the largest whooping crane display in the US, Native American and pioneer memorabilia, a planetarium, and the five stories tall Lied Super Screen Theatre, which offers many documentary style features several times a day.
Nebraska is literally bursting at the seams with unsurpassed beauty and a wealth of recreational, cultural and historical activities, and the written word just can't do them all justice. One thing is for sure; spend a little time in Nebraska, and you'll come back again and again!
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