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Nine Scenic Byways criss-cross the state of Nebraska, making this state easy and fun to explore. Use the byways to plan your travel itineraries, staying at Nebraska Bed and Breakfasts as you make your way around the state.
Travelers along U.S. Highway 75 can retrace the route of Lewis and Clark, who explored 82 miles along the Missouri River at the start of the 19th century. High bluffs afford astonishing views of the river and surrounding countryside.
The Heritage Highway covers over 200 miles on U.S. Highway 136, through the native grasslands that cover the southern part of Nebraska. You are sure to find interesting Nebraska Inns in the many historic communities along the byway.
Instead of speeding along Interstate 80, take it slow on route 30 - the Lincoln Highway Historic Byway. Try to spot the few remaining original mile markers on the first transcontinental highway. Look for old wagon ruts and sod houses, left by the European pioneers who traveled here.
The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway crosses the central portion of the state on Highway 2. Much of the landscape is astonishing and untouched. Migrating Sandhill Cranes will delight you in the spring and fall. Peel east from this byway on the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway, where you are sure to encounter real-life cowboys
The Western Trails Scenic & Historic Byway heads northwest out of Ogallala towards the Wyoming border. The first people to record their travels along this route were awed by the geology of the land. Chimney Rock will undoubtedly have the same impact on you today.
Relive the thrill of the late 1800’s gold rush on the Gold Rush Byway, in the western part of the state. Once used to transport gold out of the Black Hills, it now transports travelers back in time. It is worth stopping at Carhenge, and looking for Courthouse and Jail Rocks.
The Outlaw Trail is far east of the Gold Rush Byway. There are no outlaws here now, but many interesting museums and forts to visit. Beautiful state parks afford many opportunities for outdoor recreation. It runs into the Bridges to Buttes Byway, which crosses almost 200 miles of wild, lonely land on U.S. Highway 20. The geology of this land will astound you, from the eerie, rolling sandhills to Toadstool Geologic Park.
Get off the beaten path onto the 136 Biway and visit the quiet town of Steinauer. Winery, lakes, listorical sites, and other attractions galore.
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