by Lavanya Sunkara for USA TODAY 10Best

See the 10 wonders of Nebraska

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Take a journey through the natural, cultural and man-made marvels that prove Nebraska is much more than just a flyover state.

Sandhill crane migration, Grand Island

Every year, nearly half a million cranes stop over in Nebraska to rest and feed during their pilgrimage from southern North America to Canada.

Bailey Yard, North Platte

Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard is the largest railroad classification yard in the world. Every day, the yard caters to approximately 10,000 rail cars that need to be sorted and paired.

Durham Museum, Omaha

Housed in a former Union Station building, Durham Museum is a time capsule of a bygone era, with its Art Deco style and restored rail cars from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island

This living history museum tells the story of settlers and Native Americans through art galleries, artifacts and recreations.

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Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City

As the birthplace of the tree planter’s holiday, Nebraska attracts nature lovers and families to the Arbor Day Farm, where 260 acres of forested trails, gardens, an arboretum and other natural attractions await.

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Platte River, Kearney

Known for being a mile wide and an inch deep, Platte River is the country’s longest braided river.

The Archway, Kearney

In celebration of the Great Platte River Road that led gold seekers, missionaries and settlers through Nebraska, the Archway Monument takes visitors on a journey spanning 170 years.

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Toadstool Geological Park, Harrison

In the middle of the Oglala National Grasslands in far northwestern Nebraska, eroded sandstone rock formations and ancient fossils abound at Toadstool Geologic Park, which sits in the bed of a river that flowed millions of years ago.

Carhenge, Alliance

After living in England, Jim Reinders decided to build a replica of Stonehenge with 39 cars placed in the same positions as the mysterious rocks. The circle measures 96 feet.

Scotts Bluff National Monument, Gering

Rising 800 feet above the Platte River, Scotts Bluff served as a landmark and resting place for emigrants and Native Americans. More than 200,000 people passed through the area in the mid-19th century.

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