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Lincoln benefits from being the capital of Nebraska, as that status brings with it a number of architectural and cultural attractions. For a sense of Lincoln’s history, stroll around the Historic Haymarket District, where the brick buildings date back to the 1800s. The State Capitol building is one of the most unusual in the US, making it well worth a visit, while the Smithsonian-affiliated University of Nebraska State Museum offers one of the region’s finest natural history exhibits. Rent a car through Orbitz to explore Lincoln, before driving out into the rolling plains of Nebraska to discover the gentle joys of this seldom-seen state.


Lincoln and beyond: Sightseeing in eastern Nebraska

Nebraska is a little-explored patch of the US, but unfairly so. Use your rental car in Lincoln to see other corners of the Cornhusker State, starting with these three destinations.

Omaha

Omaha has a lot of money coming into the city from its big businesses, so it is quickly developing into a sleek, exciting city-break destination. The historic heart of the city is located around the Old Market, where the storefronts recall the 19th century. Don’t miss the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, which features a number of record-breaking habitats – it’s widely seen as one of the best in America.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 60 miles

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

This atmospheric, serene state park in between Lincoln and Omaha is the home of the Strategic Air and Space Museum, one of Nebraska’s finest attractions. Wander around the museum, gaping at the spacecraft and plane models hosted there, before seeing a show at the planetarium. After exploring the museum, drive through the park to find campgrounds, boating lakes, hiking trails, and views of the river.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 30 miles

Red Cloud

One of Nebraska’s most famous authors, Willa Cather, is honored in several buildings throughout the town of Red Cloud. The town center looks like it did when Cather was writing here in the early 20th century, and it’s rural Nebraska at its most charming. Stop by Cather’s childhood home and the historic farms on the edges of town that inspired her most famous novel, My Antonia.

Journey time: Around 2 hours 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 150 miles