For a copy of the Nebraska Travel Guide, a state road map, and an annual festival guide, contact the Nebraska Department of Economic Development's Travel and Tourism Division, P.O. Box 98907, Lincoln, NE 68509 (tel. 877/NEBRASKA; www.VisitNebraska.com).
By Plane -- Eppley Airfield, 4501 Abbott Dr., located 4 miles northeast of Omaha (tel. 402/661-8017; www.eppleyairfield.com), is one of two international airports in Nebraska and the largest in the state. The other is Lincoln Airport, 2400 W. Adams St. (tel. 402/458-2480; www.lincolnairport.com), which recently added direct flights to and from Las Vegas on Allegiant Airlines.
By Train -- Amtrak's California Zephyr line (tel. 800/872-7245; www.amtrak.com), which runs daily from Chicago to San Francisco, makes stops in Nebraska at Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, Holdrege, and McCook.
By Car -- The plains and grassy sand hills of Nebraska can be traversed east to west via I-20 in the north, entering the state from Sioux City, SD, and running all the way through the Fort Robinson State Park and into Nebraska. I-275 starts in Omaha on the eastern border and travels northwest, hooking up with I-20 around the cities of Ewing and Inman. I-80 also starts off in Omaha, and passes through Lincoln, North Platte, Ogallala, and Sidney, and exits into Nebraska in the west. North to south, you can take I-81 Aston near the South Dakota border down through Norfolk and Platte, and exiting by the city of Thayer into Kansas. Also on the eastern side of the state is I-75 (aka the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway), which enters the state from South Dakota and runs along its eastern perimeter, cuts through Omaha, and exits into Kansas. On the western side of Nebraska, Route 71 enters the state from South Dakota and runs through the Ogallala and Fort Robinson State Parks, south through the cities of Scottsbluff and Gering, and exits into Colorado.
Nebraska was the first state where the tree-planting holiday Arbor Day (www.nebraskacity.com/arborday.html) was honored, and thus a great reason to check out the annual festivities in Kimmel Orchard, which include a 5K trail run through the orchard, historic home tours, and (of course) tree planting.
In June, Nebraskaland Days (tel. 308/532-7939; www.nebraskalanddays.com) celebrates Cornhusker pride with the state's biggest rodeo event, parades, local wine tastings, and concerts. From late August to early September, Nebraskan farmers strut their stuff at the annual Nebraska State Fair (tel. 402/474-5371; www.statefair.org) in the capital of Lincoln.
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