Nebraska Off The Beaten Path

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Nebraska Off The Beaten Path

  • Smallest City Hall in America: Maskell,...

    I was driving along Nebraska Highway 12, paralleling the Missouri River and just across the border from South Dakota, when I saw the billboard: "Welcome to Maskell, Home of the Smallest City Hall in the U.S." An arrow pointed three blocks off the highway, and it so happens that the town of Maskel is exactly three blocks long and two blocks wide....

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  • Rock County Oil Company, Bassett,...

    Those with an interest in nostalgia will enjoy seeing the Rock County Oil Company in downtown Bassett, even though you can't buy oil or gas here any more. The Nebraska Lied Main Street Program began in 1994 to help revitalize downtown areas of small town Nebraska and Bassett was accepted into the program in 1996. The renovation of this old Phillips...

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  • The Platte River

    It is hard to believe, but this small, seemingly insignificant river formed one of the great westward routes which helped open the American West. The Platte River, consists of one wide, shallow river which separates into braided channels across a broad valley. The Platte River is about 310 miles (499 kilometers) in length from where it is formed in...

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  • Great Platte River Road

    Take time and stop along the Great Platte River Road. The river may not impress you, nor may the miles and hours of open prairie. It's the sheer magitude of the open plains that I find impressive. Along the route, you'll find waysides of civilization. They began with the first inhabitants and have continued through the centuries. Today, there are...

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  • VISIT THE AUDUBON CENTER AT THE ROWE...

    THIS IS A SANCTUARY FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS. If you can possibly visit during the last half of March or the first week of April, you will be witness to the migration of a half-million Sandhill Cranes, but come and visit anytime. (best times for viewing the cranes is at sunset or sunrise)At the Gibbon exit on Interstate 80, go south on paved road for...

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  • CROSS OVER THE RIVER...TO IOWA

    THE MIDDLE OF THE MISSOURI RIVER IS THE DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN NEBRASKA AND IOWA.Here is a view looking back across the river. You are looking at Omaha.

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  • Carhenge: Alliance, Nebraska

    At a family reunion in 1987. six local Alliance, Nebraska, families built this monument of old automobiles to replicate the famous Stonehenge in England. Some other local folks considered their project an eyesore and wanted to tear it down. The Nebraska Department of Highways almost declared the place a "junkyard" and required that a large privacy...

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  • LOOKING AROUND IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

    YOU JUST NEVER KNOW what you will see out there. Here we come across the Haven's Chapel Ice Cream Social and Softball games. This community event takes place each year (usually the 4th Friday of June) at the Haven's Chapel Church just a few miles north of Kearney, Nebraska.The other picture in this set shows another country church, this one along...

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  • Mayhew Cabin

    This was a key stop on the famous "Underground Railroad", which enabled thousands of slaves to escape the old Antebellum South. Locals provided runaway slaves with food and shelter, plus a few tips on how to to safety farther north. The place has a cabin, an underground hideout, and a restored 19th century village. The village has a store, school,...

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  • Ash Hollow

    By the time the pioneers reached this spot, they were tired, hungry, thirsty, and ready to stop and relax. Here was a pleasant spot for them to do just that. It's been inhabited since pre-historic times. The caves provided shelter and water was available. After a short rest, it was time for the pioneers to move on. But Ash Hollow provided a brief,...

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  • Carhenge

    A strange curiousity, this work of art was created by Jim Reinders using old, worn-out cars. It's a take-off on Stonehenge. While not suited to everyone's taste, it is definitely a unique, one-of-a-kind exhibit. Some wanted to have it removed, but the "Friends of Carhenge" saved it. I'm glad they did, because there's not much else around...

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  • THE GREAT PLATTE RIVER ROAD

    "A mile wide and an inch deep", the Platte River flows east, but it pointed the way west for thousands. Too shallow for boat traffic, but along its shores the great westward movement took place. On the south shore, the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express went by. On the north shore, the Mormons headed for Salt Lake City. Just a bit farther north, the...

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  • GET OFF THE INTERSTATE!

    Here is a country road somewhere in south-central Nebraska on a hazy summer morning. I suggest purchasing a Delorme atlas of Nebraska before you try this kind of trip; a Delorme atlas will show you all the country roads and where they will lead you. A regular road atlas will not.However, Nebraskans are a friendly people; if you get lost, just stop...

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  • ALONG THE OREGON TRAIL; THE SUSAN HAIL...

    This lonely spot is perhaps my favorite place in Nebraska. In the distance, where giant cornstalks now grow, the wagons once rolled on to Oregon. And on the northern horizon, a line of trees marks the Platte River. Just beyond that, traffic zooms by on the modern Oregon Trail, Interstate 80. Susan and her husband Richard were headed for California,...

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  • Carhenge

    Don't be fooled! While Carhenge is one of the few western Nebraska tourist attractions, and a bit funky and fun, it is NOT worth driving hours away from the interstate just to see. If you happen to be in Alliance or very nearby, I would definately recommend it. Otherwise, don't waste time driving all the way there. You would be disappointed. That...

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  • Lake McConaughy in Western Nebraska

    We "stumbled across" Lake McConaughy on our road trip through the Midwest and Rocky Mountains. We had been driving a long time and were on our way to Laramie, WY.In Western Nebraska, I saw this huge lake on the map and since it was not far from the highway, and we had plenty of time left, I suggested we go there. I'm glad we did!In the middle of...

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  • Chimney Rock National...

    Chimney Rock National MonumentChimney Rock National Monument is another landmark on the Oregon Trail. The entire monument is a rock formation sticking above the surrounding grassland. For the settlers on the Oregon Trail, it was another sign that they had survived the Great Plains and were reaching the mountains. The monument itself is just a...

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  • NORFOLK, NEBRASKA is in the...

    NORFOLK, NEBRASKA is in the Northeastern part of the state. It's also the home of Johnny Carson. Nice area of the state.http://www.norfolk.ne.us/Tourism/ has more info on this part of the state, including the Elkhorn Valley Museum, which will feature items donated by Johnny Carson

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  • One of our favorite places in...

    One of our favorite places in Nebrasaka is in the Northwest corner of the state. There you will find Fort Robinson State Park. Fort Robinson used to be a military outpost. Today the buildings have been restored; you can tour them, take a ride across country in a stage coach, or view a local herd of buffalo. This part of the state is hilly and there...

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  • Western Nebraska has a series...

    Western Nebraska has a series of natural rock formations including 'Courthouse and Jail Rocks', 'Chimney Rock' (pictured), and the scott's bluff national monument. These are all located on the 26/92 state freeways. An intersting side trip if you are passing through.

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  • Carhenge located off of route...

    Carhenge located off of route 385 near Alliance in the western part of the states, is one of those sights that make any roadtrip worthwhile. Carhenge is a re-creation of Stonehenge with the blocks being replaced by old cars. The effect is startling. The cost is free, and if you are anywhere near the area it is worth the side trip to see an amazing...

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  • From the BlackBird look out...

    From the BlackBird look out along the route 75, south of the village of macy and north of the village of decatur, one can have fantastic views of the river missouri, imagining yourself in the company of lewis and clark who came around these parts nearly two hundred years ago. this picture taken around 8 pm on a june evening, clear blue skies,...

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  • The 'Thorns'; a subdivision...

    The 'Thorns'; a subdivision outside of Lincoln. Okay, I know it's not named after me or my family but I still get a kick out of it.

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  • WHILE SIGNING IN AT 'THE TOP',...

    WHILE SIGNING IN AT 'THE TOP', I NOTICED THE NAME OF A PERSON I MET WHILE CLIMBING IN IDAHO THE MONTH BEFORE. SMALL WORLD!

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  • NOTICE MY CAR AT THE HIGH...

    NOTICE MY CAR AT THE HIGH POINT. AS YOU CAN SEE, IT NO DOUBT TOOK AN EXPERT TO UNCOVER THAT THIS PARTICULAR SPOT IS THE HIGHEST POINT IN NEBRASKA!

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  • THE HIGHEST POINT IS PANORAMA...

    THE HIGHEST POINT IS PANORAMA POINT...ELEVATION IS 5424 FEET...ELEVATION GAIN IS IMPERCEPTIBLE...NO HIKING INVOLVED.

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  • One thing my wife and I...

    One thing my wife and I like to do as we travel is shop in antique stores and flea markets. There is a big Brass Armadillo antique mall on I-80 West of Omaha. Next to it is another antique mall that is just as big.

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  • South of Kearny we were crane...

    South of Kearny we were crane watching and came across Fort Kearny State Historical Park. It is the site of an 1800's military post built to protect wagon trains along the Oregon Trail. It is located at 1020 V Rd., Kearney, NE 68847. We took a tour of it as long as we were in the area.

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  • In Nebraska City Wildwood...

    In Nebraska City Wildwood Historic Home is not as big as the Morton mansion so fewer people visit it. I had a nice time there because of the friendly woman who gave me a tour and answered my questions about the home and the area. Wildwood is near other points of interest on Steinhart Park Road.

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  • Because so much of the Sand...

    Because so much of the Sand Hills is covered by large ranches 8,000 -- 40,000 -- 100,000 acre ranches, much of the beauty of the Sand Hills is missed because people stick the paved services. Venture onto a dirt road. The Sand Hilll ranchers are some of the finest I have ever met. Remind me a lot of the 'Old Texans.' They work hard and appreciate...

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Nebraska Hotels

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  • Hilton Omaha

    Lavish but soul less, efficient service without a smile, a businessman's hotel and you saw more ties...

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  • Wingate Inn Kearney

    I live in Kearney so therefore have not stayed here but the lobby is very nice and clean and it...

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  • Comfort Suites Lincoln

    We just stayed one night, but the room was large and clean, the staff was friendly and helpful....

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  • La Quinta Inn & Suites North Platte

    2600 Eagles Wings Place, North Platte, Nebraska, 69103, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western Grand Island Inn & Suites

    2707 South Locust Street, Grand Island, Nebraska, 68801, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Americinn Sidney

    645 Cabela Dr., Sidney, Nebraska, 69162, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 1.5 out of 5 stars

  • Grace Elizabeth's Bed & Breakfast

    We stayed in the cottage which worked great as we had another couple with us and it is a seperate...

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  • Rodeway Inn Cozad

    809 South Meridian, Exit #222 (I-80), Cozad, Nebraska, 69130, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Arrow Hotel

    509 S 9th Ave, Broken Bow, NE 68822

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

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