October offers great viewing of fall colors this year. Nebraska has had abundant rainfall and mild fall temperatures providing a palate of fall color not seen in years. Nebraska's state park areas offer views of fall foliage up close.
In the northeast, the bright yellows of the cottonwoods turn the Missouri River Valley to gold. Wild duck land in the shallow wetlands by Ponca State Park and stay until they're ready to head south.
At Niobrara State Park, the view is elevated high above the valley, giving visitors a remarkable view. The off season provides quiet relaxation and good fishing.
Closer to Omaha the Missouri River provides plenty of color as well. You see pawpaw trees and old hardwoods. At Indian Cave State Park the color is mixed with hundreds of species of vegetation. There are hayrack rides and horse trails.
Nebraska City is the home of Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. A visit can provide you with information on different trees and species you may want to add to your own back yard.