• Byways Passport Program: Visitors, who accumulate at least nine stamps in their souvenir passports from any of the 27 attractions listed, can receive smaller items and stand to win a laptop in the grand draw in October 2010.
• Rodeway Inn: The 55 guestrooms feature a microwave, free Wi-Fi and local calls. Guests also get complimentary full breakfast. Hastings.
• Henry Doorly Zoo: Features everything from the world’s largest indoor forest, world’s largest indoor rainforest, world’s largest indoor swamp and an IMAX theatre. Omaha.
• Niobara National Scenic River: Six ecological systems meet and mix along a 48-kilometre stretch popular for canoeing/floating excursions. Valentine.
• Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trails & Visitor Center: This attraction focuses on the discoveries of flora and fauna made on the historic Corps of Discovery Journey from 1803 to 1806. Nebraska City.
• Strategic Air & Space Museum: Features two hangar decks housing nearly 40 aircraft and an interactive children’s exhibit. Ashland.
• Great Platte River Road Archway Monument: A museum of, and monument to, westward migration. Kearney.
• International Quilt Study Center and Museum: The centre’s collection of more than 2,300 quilts are housed in a museum and study centre on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Lincoln.
• Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium/Schramm State Recreation Area: State recreation area on the Platte River offers spectacular views, hiking paths and a history of fishing activity in Nebraska. Sarpy County.
Nebraska DED• Carhenge: This unique replica of Stonehenge was constructed of old cars in 1987 by six local families during their family reunion. The site, near Alliance, also includes sculptures made of old cars and parts.
• Taste of Omaha (June).
• NEBRASKAland Days & Buffalo Bill Rodeo (June), North Platte.
• Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (late June to early July), Omaha.
• Burwell Rodeo (July), Burwell.
• Oregon Trail Days (July), Gering.
• Nebraska State Fair (late August to early September), Lincoln.
• Indian Cave State Park: Located 1,212 hectares in the bluffs above and along the Missouri River.
• Harold Warp Pioneer Village: This large, eclectic museum includes a Pony Express station and a one-room school displaying 50,000 items. Minden.
• Chimney Rock National Historic Site and Visitors Center: This interpretive centre operated by the Nebraska State Historical Society pays tribute to those who travelled the trails. Near Bayard.
• Lewis and Clark Byway: Travel through the area first explored by Lewis and Clark on their epic journey to the Pacific.
• Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge & Cultural Learning Center: Step back in time to experience Native American life 1,000 years ago. Hiking, canoeing and camping are also available. Wellfleet.
• Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer: Features 1890s Railroad Town with 60 original buildings and the childhood home of actor Henry Fonda.
• Scotts Bluff: This majestic landmark was used by Native Americans, fur trappers, pioneers and modern travellers.
• Brownville: Charming historic town with winery, village theatre, used bookstores and museums.
• Toadstool Geologic Park: A lunar-like landscape filled with fossils and other-worldly rock formations in Nebraska’s western panhandle. Crawford.
• Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park: Fossilized remains of a 12-million-year-old herd of rhinoceros that died after a volcanic eruption. Royal.
Did You Know?
State Motto: Equality Before the Law
State Flower: Goldenrod
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
Region: GREAT FRONTIER
Connecting Flights Via: Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Detroit.
Sales Tools: Nebraska Travel Guide, E-Newsletter, Group Travel Planner, high-resolution photos.
Info: Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism