Archive for May, 2010

B&B Geneaology Vacation

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Plan your next vacation at a B&B in Nebraska to discover your roots.
Whether you come from a big or small family, we all have roots that begin somewhere. Take a closer look at family origins beginning with “Trace Family Roots at a Bed and Breakfast” packages available at any Nebraska B&B that has a genealogy center nearby. Bed and Breakfast let guests who are curious about learning more about their ancestral ties do just that by providing access to genealogical records and historical documents.

Various members of NABB may provide easy options for families or individuals to enjoy the comfort of a special experience, not only at the B&B, but also walk the same paths your ancestors may have walked. Some family ties can be likened to fraternal bond between friends.

In “Bed and Breakfasts Man Up with Mancation Specials – Take a Time Out with the Guys,” we give the guys some hang time or downtime to spend with their buds at B&Bs that offer guys getaways. Guys have a variety of options to spend their free time at a B&B ranging from beer brewing, clay pigeon shooting, watching sports, hunting, fishing or living the life of a cowboy.

How does the Nebraska Tourism Byway Passport Program Work?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

How does the Nebraska Tourism Byway Passport Program Work?

Q: Where do tourists get a passport?
A: Tourists can get their Nebraska Byways Passport at one of 27 locations located along Nebraska’s nine scenic byways. The list of destinations is at the end of this memo for your convenience.

Q: What does a traveler do once they get a passport?
A: When a traveler stops at a location, that location will place a stamp next to its name on both the souvenir page (for the traveler to keep) and a stamp on a tear-out sheet located at the back of the passport (for the traveler to return to the Division at the end of the summer to be entered into prize drawings.) Participating locations have already received their special stamp.

Q: What do we do if we run out of passports?
A: Representatives from each byway have extra passports. Contact them to restock your supply.

Q: What are the prizes?
A: If the passport has nine stamps, travelers get a Nebraska byways t-shirt; 18 stamps, a digital photo frame; and 27 stamps, a flip video camera. Prizes will be distributed while supplies last. All players will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a laptop computer valued at 1,000, to be drawn in October, 2010. Participants will get one entry into the grand prize drawing for every nine stamps on the passport.

Q: Where can travelers get more information about the program and see the passport?
A: There is a red graphic on the front page of that says “Passport Program.” Tourists and industry members can click here to see a PDF of the passport and get all the information listed in this FAQ.

Q: What does a traveler do when the passport is complete?
A:Stamped tear-out pages must be redeemed for prizes by September 30, 2010. Photocopies will not be accepted. Tear-out pages will not be returned. At the conclusion of your travels, mail the tear-out page to: Snitily Carr, Attn: Lindsey, 300 S. 68th Street Place, Lincoln, NE 68510. Please allow 4–6 weeks for delivery of prizes.
The 27 places along Nebraska’s scenic byways where travelers can get passports include:

* Chadron State Park, in Chadron; Carhenge, in Alliance; and Fort Sidney Museum and Post Commander’s Home, in Sidney; all along the Gold Rush Byway, U.S. Hwy 385

* Fort Robinson State Park, in Crawford; the Museum of the Fur Trade, in Chadron; and Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, in Valentine; all along the Bridges to Buttes Byway, U.S. Hwy 20.

* The Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation, in Red Cloud; the Rock Creek Station State Historical Park and State Recreation Area in Fairbury; and the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice; all along the Heritage Highway, U.S. Hwy. 136.

* The Woodland Trails/Honoring-the-Clans Sculpture Garden and Cultural Plaza, in Winnebago; the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, in Bancroft; and Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, in Fort Calhoun; all along the Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway, U.S. Hwy 75.

* The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, in North Platte; the Great Platte River Road Archway, in Kearney; and the Louis E. May Historical Museum, in Fremont; all along the Lincoln Highway Scenic & Historic Byway, U.S. Hwy. 30.

* Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park, in Burwell; the Happy Jack Peak and Chalk Mine, in Scotia; and the Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball, in St. Paul; all along the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway, Nebraska Highways 11 and 91.

* Smith Falls State Park, in Valentine; Niobrara State Park, in Niobrara; and the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, in Crofton; all along the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, Nebraska Hwy. 12.

* The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, in Alliance; the Nebraska National Forest & Bessey Ranger District, in Halsey; and the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, in Grand Island; all along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, Nebraska Hwy. 2.

* Scotts Bluff National Monument, in Gering; Chimney Rock National Historic Site and Visitors Center, in Bayard; and Front Street and Cowboy Museum, in Ogallala; all along the Western Trails Scenic & Historic Byway, U.S. Hwy. 26 and Nebraska Hwy. 92.

Red Cloud, Ord and Ogallala to Host Tourism Workshops

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Want to learn more about one of the fastest growing segments of the world’s largest business? If so, take the opportunity to attend one of the Watchable Wildlife/Nature Tourism Workshops coming to an area near you. Jim Mallman of Watchable Wildlife Inc. will be hosting several workshops to share insights into how entrepreneurs, outfitters, businesses, individuals, and municipalities can build sustainable nature-based tourism programs. Workshops will be held in:

* Red Cloud on May 18
* Ord on May 19
* Ogallala on May 20

“I am really excited about the three workshops we have scheduled for Nebraska. This offers Watchable Wildlife Inc. the opportunity to demonstrate the real power potential of Wildlife/Nature Tourism,” Jim says. “There are certainly benefits to be gained in any community by implementing a Wildlife/Nature Tourism Program. However our key interest is to work with communities where tourism is not the first thing they think of when wrestling with the challenges of promoting economic development. We hope to provide regional planners, business owners and residents with some ideas on how this can be done while preserving and enhancing the area’s natural treasures, historical sites and quality of life.” Jim hopes “to see you at one of these three workshops and have the opportunity to learn more about the real ‘Heartland’ of our country.”
The Workshops will begin at 8:30am and will run until 4:00pm with lunch and refreshments included. Fee is $25. Be sure to register before May 10th. After this date, the registration fee increases to $40.
For registration forms, please visit the Nebraska Development Network—Central Region website at, or if you have any questions, please contact Sharon or Jodi at (308) 995-3190.
The workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Development Network – Central Region. This network is comprised of numerous local, regional and state economic and community development organizations. Several federal agencies such as USDA Rural Development and NRCS – Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils also provide assistance to Network projects.

Gov. Heineman Declares May 8 – 16 as ‘See Nebraska Week’

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today kicked-off ‘See Nebraska Week,’ which runs from May 8 to 16 and encourages Nebraskans and other travelers to learn more about vacation options in Nebraska. Several new tourism campaigns were developed this year to promote opportunities for summer travel across the state.

“We want to encourage more Nebraskans and their families to take advantage of travel opportunities throughout the state,” Gov. Heineman said. “Visiting a site along one of our nine scenic byways or exploring our state’s history on a road trip will lend the traveler not just an off-the-beaten-path experience, but a summer full of memories.”

Travelers in Nebraska spent more than $3.7 billion in Nebraska on overnight trips in 2009, and annual spending in the state has increased by more than $2 billion since 1990. Nebraska’s tourism industry provides more than 42,000 jobs and is the third leading industry in the state.

The Nebraska Byways Passport program highlights the many destinations along the state’s scenic byways. Travelers are encouraged to pick up a souvenir passport at one of 27 participating locations along Nebraska’s nine scenic byways and collect stamps from each location visited for a chance to win a prize.

The Division of Travel and Tourism has also created a program encouraging young people to help plan their family vacation. The History Along Nebraska’s Byways program supplements the Nebraska history curriculum offered to fourth graders and will be distributed to 1,140 schools across the state. Designed with the help of educators, the materials include a Nebraska map with icons for various historical locations across the state, a Nebraska byway history video and classroom activities including crafts, worksheets, interactive games, and field trip activities. Subjects include state symbols, American Indians, map reading, explorers, pioneers, forts and military bases, among other topics. More information is available online at

The division is also offering a new RVNebraska brochure with information to make the most of a trip along Nebraska’s scenic byways, including details on campgrounds along byway routes and top attractions.

Nebraska remains one of the most cost-effective destinations in the nation for travelers. AAA consistently names Nebraska one of the top five most affordable vacation destinations in the United States, with average daily vacation costs for a family of four well below the national average.

Richard Baier, Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, said, “Nebraska offers travelers great value and great attractions. After a long winter, this summer is a good time to get out and see a new part of the state.”

Travelers can find interactive maps, road trip ideas, trip planners and more online at

Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week
and See Nebraska Week May 8-16, 2010

LINCOLN, NEB. (May 6, 2010)—Load up the car, pack some snacks and get ready to rediscover the road trip this summer in Nebraska. Whether it’s a drive across the state or just an hour or two away from home, Nebraska is a state where road trips are meant to be taken. Take the family to see one of the state’s many famous historic monuments, tube down a lazy river or visit one of the country’s best zoos: there’s something here for just about anyone, and at an affordable price to boot.

During See Nebraska Week and National Travel & Tourism Week, beginning May 8, show us your Nebraska vacation memories. Submit your vintage vacation photos to and tell us your memories. We’ll post them online and at the end of See Nebraska Week will choose three winners to receive a special “Rediscover the Road Trip” gift bag filled with things perfect to use on the road this summer during a Nebraska vacation.

Nebraska remains one of the most affordable states in the nation for travelers. AAA consistently named Nebraska one of the top five most affordable vacation destinations in the United States, with average daily vacation costs for a family of four well below the national average.

color_verticalThe Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division offers loads of information and planning tools to help you plan your perfect trip. Take advantage of Nebraska Tourism’s Group Travel Planner or Road Trip planners online. Find a day trip near your home and get there and back on one tank of gas. Find an event in a small community near your home and mark the calendar now.

If you don’t have your free 2010 Nebraska Travel Guide, now’s the time to order or download your copy from Nebraska’s one-stop tourism shop,, where you can find road trip planners, photo galleries and fun activities to keep kids busy while you rediscover the road trip this summer in Nebraska.


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