Sure, if all you do in Nebraska is drive along Instate 80, you’ll probably agree with the stereotypes that the Midwestern state is flat, dull and full of farmland. But veer off the main artery, delve into the little-visited delights and you’ll discover a nature lover’s paradise with serious charm. Stare into the windswept expanse of the Sand Hills, the Western Hemisphere’s largest sand dune formations, where birders pilgrimage to behold the crane migration. Steep forested buttes rise from the valleys in the Western foothills, marking the end of the Great Plains, while the northwestern Pine Ridge has enough pine forests and badlands formations to shatter any Nebraska stereotype. The cobbled streets and medieval architecture of Lincoln evoke a European ambiance—while its steep hills leave visitors literally breathless. Big-city Omaha is home to the nation’s highest number of millionaires per capita, and the highest number of restaurants. They’re the perfect place to throw back some pop (soda) and toast to the hidden wonders of this offbeat state.