Vast prairies as far as the eye can see

Sitting smack dab in the middle of the United States, Nebraska offers a sampling of the country’s different landscapes.

In eastern Nebraska near Omaha, the state capital, the prairies seem endless, with the rustling grasslands interrupted only by the occasional farmhouse. Dramatic buttes and fossil beds where remnants of ancient creatures lie frozen in time punctuate the flat landscape on the western side of the state. And in between, a smattering of communities offers a taste of the small-town life that has blossomed along the trails blazed by the pioneers of westward expansion.