Flights to Nebraska
Nebraska is a Great Plains state of the USA and is considered to be situated both partly in the Midwest and the Western United States. Nebraska features many wide open spaces, the largest sand dunes in the western hemisphere and attractive cities.
There are two major airports in Nebraska, in Omaha (airport code: OMA) and Lincoln (airport code: LNK). Flights to Nebraska from South Africa are indirect with one or two connections. Delta Air Lines offers travellers one stop flights to Nebraska from South Africa via Atlanta. Choose from airlines such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, Northwest Airlines, British Airways, American Airlines, BMI, and South African Airways which offer flights to Nebraska from Johannesburg.
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The Tourist Attractions in Nebraska:
Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and the second largest city in the state, though it’s an attractive place to visit because it retains a small town and friendly feel. The Nebraska State Capitol building has free tours during the summer with a chance to see some of the interesting features of this 1932-built building including the views over the city from the 14th floor observation deck.
The other main attraction in Lincoln is the Sunken Gardens. These were constructed in 1931 and have been newly renovated, featuring attractive fish ponds, a waterfall and lots of flora!
Just 80km (50 miles) from Lincoln is the largest city in Nebraska, Omaha. Omaha is famous for two things – having the highest number of millionaires per capita and the highest number of restaurants per capita in the whole of the USA! Attractions include the Union Pacific Museum, which tells the early story of the Union Pacific Railroad; the Joslyn Art Museum, which features works by Renoir and Monet; the Scottish-Baronial style Joslyn Castle, which you can tour; and the Mormon Trail Center.
National Sites in Nebraska
Nebraska is one of the few states in the USA which doesn’t have a National Park but it does have a variety of other places of interest run by the National Parks Service. These include several Historic Trails, including California National Historic Trail, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, and the Oregon and Pony Express National Historic Trails.
You’ll also find National Monuments in Nebraska. Agate Fossil Beds features a high number of well preserved Miocene fossils, dating from about 20 million years ago. Homestead National Monument of America commemorates the Homestead Act of 1862 in which people were encouraged to move further west in the US by being granted 160 acres of land.
When Should You Visit?:
Nebraska experiences two major climates – humid continental in the east and semi arid continental steppe in the west, but all you need to know is that average temperatures don’t vary much from one side of Nebraska to the other!
Nebraska has hot summers and cold winters. Taking Lincoln as an example, the average summertime high in July is 32C (89.6F) and the average high in the coldest month, January, is 0.6C (33F). Rainfall can be experienced throughout the year, though the month with the highest average rainfall is May, and the lowest is February.