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Best Free Midwest Attractions: Nebraska

Visit Boys Town, learn about pioneers and see the Midwest's version of Stonehenge. It's all free in Nebraska!

Pioneers across the prairie

Homestead National Monument of America, Beatrice. The monument commemorates the Homestead Act, which granted more than 270 million acres to pioneers. A heritage center, opened in 2007, has videos and interactive historical exhibits; you can also see a restored prairie area and an 1867 log cabin.

Homestead National Monument of America

An instant icon

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Omaha A 3,000-foot-long lighted span (one of the world's longest for pedestrians) links Omaha and Council Bluffs, soaring 52 feet above the Missouri River. Twin towers and a cable design marked it as an instant icon when it opened in 2008.

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Pioneers across the prairie

Homestead National Monument of America, Beatrice. The monument commemorates the Homestead Act, which granted more than 270 million acres to pioneers. A heritage center, opened in 2007, has videos and interactive historical exhibits; you can also see a restored prairie area and an 1867 log cabin.

Homestead National Monument of America

Wildlife near Valentine

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Grasslands surround sand-bottom lakes at this designated National Natural Landmark (left) 20 miles south of Valentine. Don't miss the prairie chickens' famed springtime mating dance.

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Valentine Six major plant communities converge on 19,000 acres, perfect for hundreds of bird species, bison, elk and 48 other mammal species. Drive the 3 1/2-mile auto tour; maps available at the visitors center. The refuge is about 5 miles east of Valentine.

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Free attractions in Lincoln

Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln Hourly tours include a climb up this Art Deco marvel's 400-foot tower. This is one of the Midwest's best capitol buildings, with intricate mosaics and extensive statuary (left).

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln Modern American works, including art by Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mary Cassatt and Georgia O'Keeffe, are featured at this museum on the campus of the University of Nebraska.

Nebraska State Capitol

Sheldon Museum of Art

More free attractions in Nebraska

Carhenge, Alliance A quintessentially 20th-century attraction in Alliance is made of junked cars arranged to look like Great Britain's Stonehenge (left).

Cody Park, North Platte Two vintage locomotives contain Union Pacific memorabilia and educational displays, while a Wild West memorial has bronze statues of Buffalo Bill and other Wild West figures.

Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney A 1911 Renaissance Revival building near the University of Nebraska-Kearney features Nebraska artists.

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Carhenge

Cody Park

Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney

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