Fifty miles southwest of Omaha, its smaller neighbour, LINCOLN, is another real surprise, a dynamic capital city with a thriving economy, site of some enticing museums and culinary attractions and home of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the beloved Huskers sports teams. The jaw-dropping State Capitol alone warrants a stop here: dwarfing the rest of downtown, the Art Deco tower protrudes 400ft into the sky like an elegant Byzantine skyscraper. The “Tower of the Plains” is topped by a golden dome and a statue of a seed sower on a pedestal of wheat and corn, but the interior is just as awe-inspiring. The soaring, mural-smothered vestibule and rotunda are as grand as a cathedral, while the unicameral chamber has a gold-stencilled ceiling. Take the elevator up to the fourteenth-floor observation deck a for a birds’-eye view of the city.

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