5 Interesting Facts about Nebraska

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The landlocked state of Nebraska may not be the first place you think of when you decide to go on vacation, but it is home to many interesting oddities that draw in people from around the country. With a 1.5 acre indoor rainforest (Henry Doorly Zoo), an automobile “Stonehenge” in Alliance, and the biggest mammoth fossil on display anywhere (it’s 14 feet tall!), there’s plenty of fun for the whole family in Nebraska.

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Runzas

While the great state of Nebraska doesn’t have an official state food, it has something that comes quite close, Runzas. Runza is a fast-food chain that’s famously known for ground beef and cabbage, which is an odd thing to get at a fast-food restaurant for most, but not for the natives of Nebraska! The combo is stuffed into a pastry shell and served hot. Runza’s 82 restaurants are almost exclusively in the Cornhusker State, with just one in Colorado, two in Iowa, and two in Kansas.

The Oregon Trail

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While you likely didn’t think of the Oregon Trail when you clicked on this article about Nebraska, this state is actually home to many still standing artifacts from the original trail travelers. At Scotts Bluff National Monument, you can see the original wagon roadbed that travelers took as the crossed the United States. Visitors can also catch a glimpse of Chimney Rock, a prominent rock formation near Bayard, Nebraska. While it is slowly fading away due to erosion, it’s still a prominent marker in from the original trail.