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Nebraska Life, November/December 2009, Vol. 13 Issue 6, pp. 76-84


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FOR MANY PEOPLE, Nebraska is part of a large, indefinite segment of the central United States dismissively known as “flyover country,” which is best observed through a jet’s window from at least 30,000 feet and while sipping a cool drink. I like to think of such persons as “flyover people,” who have probably never known, at close range, the wonders of our state’s natural landscapes. In the traditions of those romantic souls who would like to visit the seven natural wonders of the world, I humbly offer my own suggestions for visiting Nebraska’s inherent wonders. They are not ranked in any special order of importance but are roughly organized in a southeastern to northwestern direction, in a sequence that a westward-bound tourist might encounter them.

The Missouri River and its hardwood forest

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

The Central Platte River and Its Nearby Wetlands

The Nebraska Sandhills

The Niobrara River and its Transitional Forest

Chimney, Courthouse and Jail Rocks

Scotts Bluff National Monument and the Wildcat Hills

The Pine Ridge

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