5 Country Roads In Nebraska That Are Pure Bliss In The Fall

A country drive in Nebraska is just the thing for refreshing the soul and making you feel alive again. In the fall, our highways and byways light up with the warm, rich, vivid colors of the changing seasons, making autumn the perfect time to venture out on a scenic drive (or three. Or five). These five routes are especially wonderful for a leisurely fall drive. Hoping to find the best scenic drives in Nebraska? You should definitely begin with these ones.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: onlyinyourstate.com/nominate

There are SO many more scenic country drives in Nebraska than we’ve listed here – you can go practically anywhere to experience the beautiful season in full color. Even in places where trees are few and far between, the fields and prairies turn magnificent shades that signal autumn is here. Make sure to tell us your picks for the best scenic drives in Nebraska in the comments! Need more Nebraska road trip ideas? Take a look at this article for 12 of our favorites!

Address: Circle Road, Circle Rd, Nebraska, USA
Address: U.S. Highway 385, US-385, Chadron, NE, USA
Address: US Highway 136, US Hwy 136, Beatrice, NE, USA
Address: U.S. Highway 83, US-83, North Platte, NE, USA
Address: U.S. 75, US-75, Dallas, TX, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center

Best Scenic Drives in Nebraska

July 23, 2021

Are there any scenic country roads in Nebraska?  

Nebraska is a state whose beauty often goes totally unnoticed. Sure, it’s home to plenty of open fields and prairies, but it’s also got some intriguing geological features and some super-gorgeous places. Oftentimes, just choosing a country road and driving it in its entirety produces pretty interesting results! When you’re in Nebraska, pretty much every road is a country road. Some of our favorites include the beautiful Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, which is as filled with history as it is lengthy (it spans over 200 miles). We also love the Bridges to Buttes Scnic Byway, another long (but totally worth it) drive through some of the most interesting geology in the state.  

Where are the most beautiful places in Nebraska? 

Nebraska is full of beautiful places. In Valentine, you can experience a stunning, cascading waterfall at Smith Falls State Park. It’s a popular destination for photographers, and it’s obvious as to why! Chadron State Park is quite breathtaking, too, and you’ll want to gaze at the rolling hills and valleys of the Pine Ridge. Speaking of Pine Ridge: it’s all amazing. Seriously. You should check it all out! Of course, no Nebraska naturalist’s bucket list would be complete without Chimney Rock, too. If you need more ideas, take a look at this article for 14 of the most beautiful places in Nebraska.  

What is fall in Nebraska like?  

Though Nebraska summers are hot and humid, there’s much to say about the fall. Fall foliage reaches its peak every year right around Halloween, which is perfect, considering the holiday is the apex of fall. Temperatures begin to cool down, especially at night, and later in the season it becomes chilly enough for sweaters and cardigans to be back in style. Nebraskans embrace fall; you’ll find all kinds of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and cider stands at plenty of family farms. Hayrides and haunted attractions are also very popular! It’s great place to be if you want a taste of “real” fall with all the traditional fixin’s.  

Address: Circle Road, Circle Rd, Nebraska, USA
Address: U.S. Highway 385, US-385, Chadron, NE, USA
Address: US Highway 136, US Hwy 136, Beatrice, NE, USA
Address: U.S. Highway 83, US-83, North Platte, NE, USA
Address: U.S. 75, US-75, Dallas, TX, USA