Nebraska, the Cornhusker State, gets its name from an Oto Indian word meaning flat water. The state has evolved into a rich agricultural state after once being known as the Great American Desert. Roughly 47,000 farms and ranches of all different types can be found across the state of Nebraska. In addition, there are several vineyards and farmers markets throughout this state in the Great Plains region.
The state can be divided into eight regions:
- North Central/Sandhills
- South Central
- East Central
Nebraska is made up of a diverse range of terrain making for spectacular views seen on the sandhills, prairies, forests and bluffs. Nebraska’s Highway 2 has been dubbed one of America's 10 most beautiful highways for the wide open spaces and dramatic, beautiful views of the Sandhills. There are many places to see and things to do in this state from discovering wildlife from the prairie, taking a stroll through Kearney’s Archway or attending summer festivals. The state is also home to several national monuments, including Homestead National Monument, landmarks such as Chimney Rock National Historic site and historic parks, such as Toadstool Geologic Park. In the city of Lincoln lies the Nebraska State Capitol building which boasts interesting facts and artwork about a state where history is extremely valued.
Recreational opportunities are abundant in the state that has more waterway mileage than any other state. Boating, fishing, and floating down the rivers are popular activities found throughout the state. Some popular lakes include Branched Oak and Lake McConaughy.
Nebraska is home to eight state parks, two national forests, one national recreation area and six national wildlife refuges, which provide great hiking trails and camping as well. All of these offer something unique and are a big part of what makes this state so special.
Fun facts about Nebraska:
- State Capitol: Lincoln
- Area: 77,354 square miles - 16th largest state in the US
- Population: 1,881,503
- Major Industries: Farming (corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum) grain processing, meat-packing
- Statehood: March 1, 1867 - 37th state
- State Animal: White-tailed deer
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