Perhaps one of the greatest ways to see a state and understand a bit of its history is to look into what its national parks have to offer. This is especially true for the great state of Nebraska. Here are a few of the best national parks in Nebraska:
Agate Fossil Bed National Monument
. Once a cattle farm owned by Captain James Cook, this national park is now home to a series of well preserved 20 million year old mammal fossils. With it expansive quarries, this national park is a wealth of historical wonderment and scientific exploration.
California National Historic Trail. This national park commemorates the largest mass migration to the west. Over 150 years ago more than 250,000 people set out for California in search of better lives and gold. With numerous trail ruts and traces of the mass migration still visible today, this park pays homage to the adventurous spirit of the settlers of the past.
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. Much like the California National Historic Trail, this national park also remembers a migration. It is dedicated to the over 70,000 people lead by Brigham Young that headed out west to flee religious persecution.
Missouri National Recreation River. If you are into fishing and boating then this is the park for you. With two parts that encompass 126 miles of pristine river country, this national park is the perfect destination for those that love the outdoors.
Niobrara National Scenic River. This national park is just as its name implies; scenic. With the Niobrara rivers winding through secluded and remote areas, this national park is an excellent place to get away from it all. It is also an absolute must for those who love canoeing.
Pony Express National Historic Trail. The Pony Express was originally a mail carrying rout that had the ability to move mail from Missouri to California in under 10 days. With its ingenious relay system, not only was this an effective mail delivery medium, but it also was useful in aligning California to the Union right before the start of the Civil War. This particular national park remembers this momentous feat and commemorates the Pony Express.
Whether you are excited about U.S. history or you simply want a place to camp, boat, fish, and enjoy the great outdoors, Nebraska's national parks offer more than you could possibly imagine.
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