Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska Roadtrip
Where would you take a foreigner to show off where you live?*
I’ll be honest. When I came across this Tuesday Trivia question, I thought about cheating a bit. I live in Omaha, Neb.
Omaha is nice, but it’s not the first place I’d recommend to a foreigner visiting the United States (sorry omaha). It would be much easier to recommend a trip to Texas’ Hill Country, DC, Boston or any number of other readily identified American sites.
But that’s just too obvious.
Instead, I can look closer to my current home and recommend a road trip across Nebraska. More specially, you’d want to cut across the state diagonally from Omaha toward Rapid City, S.D., by way of the back roads that’ll take you along the River Loup and through the Sand Hills.
Amazingly, while most folks would think Nebraska is as flat and desolate as parts of Kansas or South Dakota (and believe, parts of it are), the Sand Hills would show you an unexpected side of Nebraska. The simple description is that they’re sand dunes grown over with wild grasses. I’m sure some botanist or other science-y sort will balk at my description, but I’m too lazy to google this information right now.
On my summer road trip through this area a while back, I was awed by the scenery. There were rolling hills, beautiful skies and other assorted features that made the landscape pretty. All in all, I liked it.
I will caution you on a couple of points. Gas stations a few and far between on some roads. So fuel up when you can. Along with gas stations being few and far between, so are places to grab a cold drink. So pack a cooler.
Lastly, there’s a particular odd little town along the way. It has 2D, cut outs of mini-18th century people standing around town. When I drove through the town in broad daylight, I was creeped out. Majorly creeped out. There were no real people. No cars. No dogs. Nothing. Just the creepy cut-out people. It was the setting for a horror movie where the 2D cut-out people would come to life at dusk or when the fog rolls in.
Getting back to positive recommendations for a Nebraska road. Start in Omaha. Avoid I-80 as much as possible. Head north and west. Stopover in Chadron or Alliance. Head up to Rapid City, Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands area the next day.
Et voila! Show-off recommendations for a foreigner.
*The source of Tuesday Trivia is my set of “Travel Topics To Go” cards. Learn more.