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Designation: Nebraska State Scenic Byway
Fees: None
Length, One-Way: 272 Miles (453.33 Kilometers)
Time: 5 Hours

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Description - Nebraska's Highway 2 has been deemed one of the 10 most scenic roads in the country. From the largely metropolitan area of Grand Island to Alliance at the byway's western edge, Highway 2 will take you through some of the most remote and beautiful country side you'll ever come across.

On the eastern end of the byway, the city of Grand Island was dubbed by Forbes FYI magazine, "the Number ONE place in the world for bird-watchers". Each year, Nebraska's central Platte River Valley comes alive with the spectacular sights and sounds of migrating sandhill cranes. The largest such gathering of cranes in the world-some half million--it is a phenomenal experience to see each spring. In Grand Island you can experience pioneer heritage, cool off in the Island Oasis, enjoy an ethnic festival, take a prairie wildflower hike, visit the zoo, cheer on your favorite horse or rider, visit wonderful art galleries or shop for antiques.

Further west, the Nebraska Sandhills, 20,000 square miles of sand dunes covered with grass, are the largest sand dune formation in the Western Hemisphere. Things are just bigger in the Sandhills--the sprawling ranches, the endless sky, the miles upon miles of rolling grass dunes. The Ogallala Aquifer, the world's largest underground water supply, underlies much of the state. In the midst of this "desert" is the largest hand-planted forest in the country, the Nebraska National Forest, which sits above the dunes and Dismal River. Cattle and buffalo outnumber people here. Hunters, fishermen and wildlife enthusiasts are drawn to this pristine area where water sports and outdoor recreation abound. The Sandhills Journey is just that--a journey! Traverse into one of the most unspoiled and beautiful landscapes found anywhere in America--where cattle, fence posts and windmills are the skyline. It's a place where you can lose yourself!

Attractions - The Sandhills Journey is known for it's Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : This byway follows State Highway 2 from Grand Island, in the east to Alliance, in the west.

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Filed By: J. Bockoven (Lincoln, Ne)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A beautiful drive. Do not miss the fire lookout station in the Nebraska National Forest in Halsey. This sits at a high point and allows views unlike anywhere else; a pine forest surrounded by sand dunes. There isn't a lot to 'do' in this area but it may be one of the most serene places in the world.

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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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