We are on Day 27 and we have had a few mishaps during the road trip but what road trip doesn't.
Today we are in Nebraska with blogger Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviews. This see what awaits us in Nebraska and don't forget to check out the giveaway at the end of the post.
Hello from Nebraska! Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviewer here to share some tid-bits about my current state home. Nebraska’s State Motto is, “the good life” and that is true. It is a wonderful place to raise a family with plenty of indoor and outdoor activity. We reside on the outskirts of Omaha and there is much to see and do.
Old Market: Offers outdoor shopping, unique specialty shops and some of the best dining around. From the cobble streets to the unique old buildings this is the perfect place to bring the family during the day or to take a romantic carriage ride and enjoy fine dining and music in the evening. My kids love the confectionary and Christmas shop. I love the little coffee house. *surprised?*
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium: Named by TripAdvisor the “world’s best zoo” The Dooly Zoo and Aquarium is one of our favorite places to visit. We enjoy a yearly membership. It has one of the largest cat complexes and the world’s largest indoor desert known as the Desert Dome. My kids love the Jungle and Gorilla exhibit. My personal favorite is the Penguins. I dare you to try not to smile watching them play.
Baseball! Omaha hosts the yearly College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. This is such a fun event and brings folks from all over the United States.
Of course, we have lovely museums such as the Joslyn Art Museum and Durham Museum. For outdoor activity, there is the Lauitzen Gardens, which hosts many events throughout the year.
Some of my favorite events are Shakespeare on the Green- each year they host two plays. Typically they perform one tragedy and one comedy. I love that they offer free admission giving everyone a taste of Shakespeare! My other favorite is Bank of the West Celebrates America concert hosted on the Green It is a free concert followed by a spectacular fireworks display. This year Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Eddie Money will perform. We have seen some great shows including; Pat Benatar, Styx, Foreigner, and Kansas and more.
Food in Nebraska… Ever hear of Omaha Steaks? We are known for producing some of the best tasting beef in the United States, followed by corn. We enjoy grilling on the weekends and you will find both on the menu.
We have plenty of outdoor activities from camping, hiking and biking. We love exploring all of the parks. We have a park nearby called Mahoney State Park and love hiking, camping and enjoying some of the activities like ice-skating, swimming and toboggan sledding.
The Weird: We are home to some weird things for example you can see Stoneheage made completely out of cars. Yep cars. Have a look:
Known locally as the “world’s largest coffee pot the Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot, an old-fashioned percolator. It steams and flashes light when coffee is "ready," is a refashioned water tower.
Authors you may know who hail from Nebraska- Nicholas Sparks, Victoria Alexander and Rainbow Rowell.
Books set in Nebraska: Voices In The Wind By Judy Bruce, Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6) by Chloe Neill, Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson, My Antonia (Great Plains Trilogy #3) by Willa Cather, and Mail Order Mistake by Lisa Page just to name a few.
Nebraska offers a little something for everyone. Our sunsets are spectacular.
Thanks for having me Megan. It was fun putting this together for Reading Away the Days US Virtual Road Trip. If any of ya’ll ever make it to Nebraska please let me know, I know a great little coffee house we can visit.
Tomorrow we will be in Nevada & New Mexico.
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Giveaway sponsored by Kimberly, thanks Kimberly. A Book valued at up to 10 US dollars from Book Depository. Open INTERNATIONAL.