If you ask us, Nebraska is America’s hidden gem. Most people have no idea just how many wonderful treasures are hiding right here. You can enjoy some of those hidden-in-plain-sight treasures when you take a journey along the Western Trails Scenic and Historic Byway in western Nebraska. Whether you drive the whole way or get out and visit some of the unforgettable sites along the route, this is one road trip you’ll want to pencil into your schedule ASAP. Before you hit the road for this scenic drive in Nebraska, make sure to prepare with our Road Trip Essentials Packing List & Guide.

What an incredible journey through time! Have you ever driven this short and sweet scenic byway? Let us know about your experiences in the comments!

If you want to enjoy a longer drive through Nebraska’s most ecologically diverse and absolutely stunning region, take a trip on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, which has been called one of the 10 most beautiful scenic drives in the country.

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The Best Attractions In Nebraska

What are the most bizarre roadside attractions in Nebraska?

These are the most bizarre roadside attractions in Nebraska:

  • The Nebraska Rest Stop. When driving through Alliance, look for this area that is a pile of hay bales with a toile and recliner chair.
  • World’s Largest Time Capsule. Located in Seward, this time capsule was placed in 1975 and is full of thousands of items from the time.
  • World’s Largest Ball of Stamps. This collection started in 1953 and grew to 600 pounds within two years.
  • Carhenge. A “Stonehenge” made of 39 classic cars that have been painted grey and arranged in the shape of Stonehenge in the UK.

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What are the best road trips in Nebraska?

The best road trips in Nebraska include:

  • Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. This is a vast archaeological site where visitors can watch bones being unearthed.
  • The Sandhills. This remote area of Nebraska is perhaps the most scenic part of Nebraska and actually covers about a quarter of the state.
  • Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park. This Mennonite settlement is no longer inhabited but the buildings are preserved for historical purposes.
  • Toadstool Geologic Park. Located in the Oglala National Grassland, these mushroom-shaped geologic formations are an incredible sight.

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What are the best hidden gem attractions in Nebraska?

The best hidden gem attractions in Nebraska are:

  • Mayhew Cabin. A historic cabin that was a stop along the Underground Railroad where escaped slaves stayed while trying to find freedom.
  • Steamboat Bertrand Museum. This is the remains of a wrecked steamboat from the Missouri River which shows many artifacts from the 19th century.
  • Legacy of the Plains Museum. This museum in Gering shows Nebraska's history including the lives of Native Americans and the westward expansion.
  • Panorama Point. This is the highest elevation point in Nebraska, which looks nearly as flat as the rest of the state.

Learn more about these and more of the best hidden gem attractions in Nebraska