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Bridges to Buttes Byway- Extending from east of Valentine (junction of Highways 83 & 20) to the Wyoming border, the Bridges to Buttes Byway journeys through diverse topography and distinctive landscapes.
Gold Rush Trail- The Gold Rush Byway denotes the discovery of gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1874.
Heritage Highway- 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.
Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway- Go back to the land of trappers, traders and Native Americans. Lakes, rivers and unspoiled terrain await you as you travel one of the most scenic routes Nebraska has to offer.
Loup Rivers Scenic Byway- The Loup Rivers Scenic Byway gains its name from the meandering North Loup, Middle Loup and South Loup Rivers through central Nebraska.
Outlaw Trail- Today along the Outlaw Trail you'll be greeted only by friendly folks and big smiles as well as plenty of quiet hideaways.
Platte River Scenic Trails- As you travel down this byway you'll cross over the 100th Meridian, the official line where the hot and humid east cedes to the arid and dry west.
Sandhills 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!
Western Trails Scenic and Historic Byway- Follow in the footsteps of the men and women who shaped the west as they travelled through the Platte River Valley along what is now the Western Scenic and Historic Byway.

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Description - Nine highways across the State of Nebraska have been designated by the state as "Nebraska Byways". These byways showcase Nebraska's diverse scenery, history, culture, geology and recreational opportunities to both visitors and Nebraskans alike. Those who decide to venture onto one of Nebraska's byways will be greeted firsthand with many of the treasures that make Nebraska genuine. Their travels will take them through some of the most enjoyable and intriguing landscapes Nebraska has to offer.

On Nebraska's byways you could revel in the solitude of the Sandhills, with only the wind gently blowing to keep you company. From the vast cornfields of the east to the deep canyons and pine-covered slopes of the Panhandle, Nebraska will truly amaze you with its unique landscape.

Recreation - Outdoor recreation opportunities also await you along Nebraska's scenic and historic byways. During your drive, take time to relax at one of the many state and local parks, national historic sites and recreational areas located along the byway. Try your hand at fishing or maybe boating. If hiking is more your thing, you're sure to find a number of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails throughout your journey.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.


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Nebraska - This mid western state is characterized by rolling prairie, wide river basins and rural farmlands. The Platte River cuts a path through southern Nebraska supporting many of the reservoirs and croplands of the state.

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