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If you’ve been following this blog for awhile than you already know how much I LOVE traveling (speaking of traveling, I can’t wait to visit the Bahamas this weekend!). Traveling is such a huge part of my life and I’m so very grateful that I’m able to get out and see so much of this beautiful world of ours. Ever since my impromptu trip to St. Louis a few months ago, I’ve been itching to visit more of my fellow neighboring midwestern states. It’s crazy that I’ve lived in Chicago practically my whole life and I’ve only visited seven of the twelve midwestern states. My new travel goal is to visit the five remaining midwestern states before summer 2017 and number one on the itinerary is Visit Nebraska! Nebraska Events just seems like such an amazing and unique place to visit! Here are five reasons why Nebraska is on my travel bucket list (and why it should be on yours too!).
1. The Sandhills. The Sandhills of Nebraska are one of the most unique areas in the world. Spanning almost 20,000 square miles (one-fourth the area of Nebraska), it is the largest sand dune formation in the Western Hemisphere.
2. Omaha. Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska, has plenty of cool things to see and check out. I really want to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (you all know how much I love animals!). If that’s not really your scene, you can always head to downtown Omaha and check out Old Market, The Boiler Room, Ice Skating & the Holiday Lights Festival at Gene Leahy Mall (who doesn’t love a good holiday lights festival?). Fun fact: Omaha was a stop on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail!
3. Lincoln. Nebraska’s capital, which is located about 50 miles from Omaha, offers big city style with countryside charm. From the Sunken Gardens to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo to the Sheldon Museum of Art, there’s always something interesting to learn and discover in Lincoln.
4. Scotts Bluff National Monument. Scotts Bluff National Monument in western Nebraska includes an important 19th-century landmark on the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail. I had a friend who visited the Scotts Bluff National Monument a few years ago and she said it had such spectacular views. I saw photos from her trip (although she says photos don’t do it justice) and immediately knew that I had to see it in person one day! Scotts Bluff National Monument gets bonus points for being pet-friendly (I’ve sure my little Loki would LOVE it!).
5. Glamping Slattery Vintage. Glamping, aka glamour camping, is something that’s been on my bucket list for YEARS! Although I really want to try regular camping some day too, glamping seems a little bit more up my alley at the moment. Glamping Slattery Vintage offers furnished 12X14 tents on decks with porches overlooking the vineyard (the great outdoors AND wine? Sign me up!). The tents come with full size beds, dressers with mirrors, coffee service, tables and chairs, rugs and soft bedding. Fully electric, lamps, lanterns and fans/heaters complete the experience.
They’re just so much to see and do in Nebraska and I can’t want to explore it all!