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Take a bite out of three big Cornhusker destinations on an adventure through this midwestern state. Though the No. 1 producer of corn in the United States, there is a lot more in the state to sink your teeth into.

1.   Omaha

Starting Point • History, Nature, Outdoor Recreation

Residents of the biggest city in the state are proud to live in the place that means “those going against the wind or current.” Start your exploration just a bit south of town at the Fontenelle Forest. With over 26 miles of maintained trails ideal for hiking, you will surely work up an appetite here. Head into town to the Dundee Neighborhood, known as best area in town to find some tasty grub. Make your way to the Durham Museum, housed in an art deco union station from the 1930s. If you’re still feeling like browsing, venture to the Old Market — a charming shopping district filled with unique shops, galleries and flea markets.

2.   Lincoln

Drive 53 miles, 58 minutes • Nature, History

Lincoln reigns as the capital of Nebraska, and is home to some very interesting historical sites. Get in museum mode and head to one of the many educational centers sure to get your brain moving including: Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska State Museum, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, and many, many more. You’ll likely want some time in the outdoors next, so venture to Pioneer Park Nature Center, where the 668 acres of preserved nature are yours for the enjoying. And don’t miss the Lincoln Children’s Zoo with its famous train ride, open from April to October.

Photo: Chris Light

3.   Kearny

Drive 133 miles miles, 2 hours • History

This llittle Nebraska town has more to offer than one would imagine, especially when it comes to the Archway Museum. Paying homage to the big part that Nebraska played in the expansion of the United States to the west, The Archway serves as both a monument and repository of historical artifacts. Following this sight, head to where you can witness the incredible transformation of an 80-acre cornfield into a stunning city park: Yanney Heritage Park. Rent a paddle boat and tour around this classic midwestern gem.