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Scenic Byways

Enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Western Nebraska has a number of scenic byways that take you through diverse terrain that offers breathtaking views with plenty of attractions along the way.

Box Butte Development & Tourism

Alliance Area
Unique adventure, filled with one of a kind sites, exceptional hospitality and fun, family activities make Alliance one adventure that you and your family don’t want to miss.

(308) 762-1800

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Calinda’s Pot Shop & Art Gallery

Ashby Area

308-458-8051

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Horizons Without Bounds, LLC

Alliance Area
Agri/Eco/Scenery tourism. Trips of hours/days. Participate in direct, personal conversations with farmers and ranchers about their multi-generational ranches. Get on a horse or in a combine. Cranes, prairie chickens, elk, deer, kayak/canoe/tank rivers. From Anywhere - To Anywhere.

308-379-3261

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Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway

Hwy 2
The most popular route through the Sandhills is Nebraska Highway 2, deemed the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. This byway is rated in the top 10 scenic routes in the U.S. and is listed as one of the highways to drive in 1000 Places to See Before You Die.

(308) 872-8331

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Bridges to Buttes Scenic Byway

Hwy 20
Bridges to Buttes Scenic Byway cuts a 200 mile long path near the northern border of Western Nebraska, from Valentine to the Wyoming border beyond Harrison.  It's wide open country, dotted with world class surprises.

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Gold Rush Scenic Byway

Hwy 385
The Nebraska portion of U.S. Highway 385 is called the Gold Rush Byway. Along the Colorado/South Dakota state lines, the highway connects Sidney with Bridgeport, Alliance and Chadron. It follows the old trail most of the way and rolls through some of the most spectacular country in Nebraska.

308-254-4030

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Lincoln Highway National Historic Byway

Hwy 30
The Lincoln Highway (HWY 30) was the United States' first transcontinental highway. The highway traces historic routes followed first by Native Americans and also sections of the Mormon and Oregon Trail. In 2021, this byway was designated as a National Scenic Byway.

308-532-4729

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Smith Falls State Park

Valentine Area
One of the Niobrara River Valley’s many waterfalls, Smith Falls is the highest in the state. The spring-fed water drops almost 70 feet and then flows into the Niobrara River. A short hike and a walk across a historic truss bridge that spans the Niobrara River will take you to a walkway to the falls.

402-376-1306

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Western Trails Historic & Scenic Byway

Hwy NE 26/US 92
The Western Trails Scenic Byway starts in Ogallala and runs northwest along US Highway 26 to the Wyoming border. This byway is only 144 miles long, but full of memorable opportunities for the whole family.

800-658-4390

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