The city of Ogallala – known as the “Cowboy Capital” of Nebraska – welcomes everyone with small town charm and a taste of western history. And just minutes away is Lake McConaughy, better known as “Nebraska’s Western Oasis,” one of the best places to go for a splash deep in the Great Plains. While you’re here, stay with Choice Hotels and include these popular attractions to your itinerary:
If you thought the Grand Canyon was the only place to find petrified objects, think again. The Petrified Wood Gallery is a true gem. Built from a personal collection, the exhibit offers an impressive display of petrified wood from different parts of the world. This collection features Native American artifacts and arrowheads, most of which were picked in the city of Ogallala since the Kenfield twins began collecting them in the 1950’s.
Only a few minutes away from town is Lake McConaughy, Nebraska’s largest reservoir and the ideal destination for the entire family. It has become a favorite for tourists and locals who love to go fishing, wind surfing, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving and more.
Adjacent to Lake McConaughy is Lake Ogallala. This is the place for trout fishing, but visitors are now showing up to observe the American Bald Eagles during the summer. Be careful when fishing, as some might attempt to steal your catch!
After enjoying a day at the Lake, there is no better place for the entire family to visit than historical Front Street. This place is great for all ages, offering great food and great shows during summer evenings with funny reenactments. On your way out, stop by their museum to explore Nebraska’s cowboy heritage.
If you are looking to pick up on some local history, the Boot Hill cemetery is a must. Named after all the outlaws that were shut down and buried with their boots, this landmark offers a unique slice of Nebraska’s history. It is a free visit only minutes away from Front Street.
Your exploration of local history continues at Mansion on the Hill. After changing occupants for 100 years, the house was bought and is now maintained by Keith County. Although the mansion served as a mayoral residence, a hospital and a nursery, it currently serves as a museum and memorial to the pioneer families of Keith County.
If you are looking for western history mixed with exciting outdoor recreation, make Ogallala, NE your next destination. Book with Choice Hotels today and prepare to experience one of the state’s top tourism communities.
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