Nebraska City's Arbor Day heritage
If you ever wanted to learn about trees, walk among trees or just stay in a lodge built of trees, Nebraska City (population: 7,200) is your place. Home of Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton, the town lives and breathes its Arbor Day heritage, with Morton-related sites topping the to-do list.
The 72-acre Arbor Lodge State Historical Park preserves Morton's mansion in a tree-filled setting. Pictured at left; (402) 873-7222; outdoornebraska.org
At Arbor Day Farm, historic barns, a cafe, a market and the family-friendly Tree Adventure (with a 50-foot-high tree house) offer more than enough to keep a family busy for the day. (402) 873-8717; arbordayfarm.org
Across the street from the farm, the Frank Lloyd Wright-styled Lied Lodge & Conference Center features an absolutely stunning lobby of timber and stone plus rooms with views of the arboretum or the hazelnut orchard. (800) 546-5433; liedlodge.org