Still looking for that perfect summer vacation? Consider a visit to great Nebraska destinations like the Fort Robinson State Park, the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, and of course, Carhenge.

U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (Nebraska) -- who earlier this year used Google's MyMaps tool to create a virtual tour of his visit to Iraq -- is at it again. Yesterday Sen. Nelson launched two new Google maps mashups promoting Nebraska tourism. One map highlights state and federal parks; another, offbeat attractions in the Cornhusker State.

These maps are clearly a great new way for elected officials to communicate with the citizens they represent. Here's hoping that more Senators and House members will follow Senator Nelson's lead. In the meantime, anyone up for a road trip to the world's largest porch swing?