Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Byways Passport Program

I read in the paper yesterday that Nebraska Tourism is promoting travel in Nebraska through an incentive program called Byways Passport. According to their site, 27 Nebraska attractions are participating, including our very own Knight Museum and Sandhills Center and Carhenge! (Which if you haven't visited, you really should. It is marvelous!)
To play you simply pick up a souveniers passport at any of the participating locations. Collect a stamp at each location you visit. The travelers then send in the passport to win prizes. The more stamps collected, the better the prize! All participants are then entered into a drawing to win the Grand prize, a laptop computer worth $1000!
The Scenic By-Ways are a wonderful ways to support small-town America. We have many great attractions, and with the weather warming up, now is the time to take to the roads of Nebraska and Rediscover the Road Trip!

Here's a list of the statewide participants:
• 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.
Nebraska travel guides are available as free downloads at
For more info, contact Sarah Baker Hansen at 800-228-4307 or 402-471-3797,

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