Nebraska is bordered
by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the
southeast, across the Missouri River; Kansas to the south; Colorado
to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west. Nebraska has 93 counties;
it also occupies the central portion of the Frontier Strip.
Nebraska is composed
of two major land regions: the Dissected Till Plains and the Great
Plains. The easternmost portion of the state was scoured by Ice
Age glaciers; the Dissected Till Plains were left behind after the
glaciers retreated. The Dissected Till Plains is a region of gently
rolling hills; Omaha and Lincoln are located within this region.
The Great Plains occupy the majority of western Nebraska. The Great
Plains itself is comprised of several smaller, diverse land regions,
including the Sandhills, the Pine Ridge, the Rainwater Basin, the
High Plains and the Wildcat Hills.
Panorama Point, at 5,424
feet (1,653 m), is the highest point in Nebraska; despite its name
and elevation, it is merely a low rise near the Colorado and Wyoming
borders. A past Nebraska tourism slogan was "Where the West Begins";
locations given for the beginning of the "West" include the Missouri
River, the intersection of 13th and O Streets in Lincoln (where
it is marked by a red brick star), the 100th meridian, and Chimney