Trail-blazing groups find historical attractions that chronicle America’s march westward and life on the High Plains.


Exploring the wide-open spaces of Nebraska, travelers discover reminders of cowboys and fur trappers, sod houses and Pony Express stations. The prairies have stories to tell—stories of hardship, resilience and triumph—and tour groups can get wrapped up in all the lore at a wide choice of museums and historical sites. In a few spots your group can even witness the original ruts made by the ironclad wheels of covered wagons venturing west on the Oregon Trail.

Costumed interpreters bring the old days back to life at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, one of the Midwest’s premier living history museums. Covering much of the 200-acre complex is the 1890s Railroad Town, a village of historical buildings alive in summer with people demonstrating trades and conducting business. You can tour homes, barns, a rural school and church, and Pawnee Indian earth lodge. See a multi-media presentation and exhibits in the Stuhr Building, designed by noted architect Edward Durrell Stone. The Fonner Rotunda has Old West and Native American artifacts…

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