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Designation: Nebraska State Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 238 Miles (396.67 Kilometers)
Time: Approximately 4 hours.

General Information

Description - The Heritage Highway extends from the wooded and hilly area of the Missouri River to the prairie lakes region of south-central Nebraska. The rewards for those who take the road less traveled are varied and wonderful.

Put yourself in the place of early discoverers and pioneers as they crossed the Missouri River and ventured forth through the forests and onto the plains. Museums along the byway follow the area's first inhabitants, the Native American tribes and the progression of European settlers. Historic main streets border modern farms. Heritage, culture, arts and crafts are celebrated at various fairs, festivals and theatrical presentations.

Travel through the prairie land Willa Cather depicted in her many novels of life on the Nebraska plains. Visit the Cather Historical Center, art gallery or bookstore. Follow the Oregon Trail, see a Pony Express station or view the location of America's first homestead. This claim was filed under the Homestead Act of 1862 that brought millions of settlers westward.

Tour restored Victorian homes, enjoy a quiet and relaxing trail ride, join a canoe race down the Republican River, fish, swim, ski or boat on the enormous Harlan County Reservoir. Or simply sit and appreciate miles of gently waving grass and fertile prairies.

Attractions - The Heritage Highway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : This byway runs along the southern edge of Nebraska, on Highway 136 from Brownville to Edison.

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Additional Information:
Nebraska Scenic Byways - Nine highways across the State of Nebraska have been designated as "Nebraska Byways". These byways showcase Nebraska's diverse scenery, history, culture, geology and recreational opportunities to both visitors and Nebraskans alike.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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