10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Nebraska

6: McCook

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This historic railway town is more than just a stop in the rolling hills of southern Nebraska. In fact, it actually is quite a significant contributor to the small-town art scene in Nebraska! You can enjoy the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Harvey P. Sutton House, and the array of cultural and art venues downtown.

Address: McCook, NE

7: Seward

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While most small Midwest towns have a massive 4th of July bash, Seward’s is superior enough to earn it the nickname of “4th of July City.” Needless to say that this is a great destination for Independence Day, as long as you don’t mind the crowds! At any time of the year, you can enjoy the Big Blue River and the walking trails along its banks.

Address: Seward, NE

8: Papillion


While Papillion may not technically be a small town anymore, it certainly still feels like one. From the friendly atmosphere to the locally-owned business scene, you’ll wish you could stay here forever and enjoy the best of both worlds. Once a railroad town, the historic district of Papillion is still thriving in preserved historic buildings while newer buildings only serve to enhance the laid-back beauty of the community.

Address: Papillion, NE

9: Valentine

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This little town on the South Dakota border seems to be in the middle of nowhere, but it’s a great place to visit when you’re traveling between states! Besides serving some of the best corn-fed beef anywhere on the continent, Valentine offers plenty of outdoor fun. Visit the fish hatchery, check out the Cherry County Historical Society Museum, or head a few miles out to witness the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge.

Address: Valentine, NE

10: Chadron

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This little town was founded in the 1800s as a fur trading town. Today, although the fur trade isn’t exactly a lucrative business anymore, it still features a fur-trading museum and festival. This is a great place to stay if you’re hoping to visit Oglala National Grasslands or Nebraska National Forest.

Address: Chadron, NE

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