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Each two-page document includes information about the state’s scenic byways program, in addition to a listitng and map of all state and national scenic byways within its borders.
Nebraska’s Scenic Byways
Nebraska’s Scenic Byways Program is headed by the Scenic Byways Committee, made up representatives from various state agencies, including the Tourism Commission, Department of Roads, Game and Parks Commission, Historical Society, and the Department of Natural Resources. Nebraska boasts nine scenic byways. The Heritage Highway contains a 238-mile stretch along the Missouri River all the way to Edison. The Gold Rush Byway runs from South Dakota all the way through Colorado.
- Nebraska is home to nine scenic byways, including two national scenic byways and seven state scenic byways.
- In 2019, total travel expenditures for Nebraska total $3.5 billion, generating more than $442 million in tax revenue.
- In 2020, 334,000 park visitors spent an estimated $23.6 million in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands.
- Nebraska park visitors alone supported $11.8 million in labor income, $19 million in value added and $33.8 million in economic output.
National Scenic Byways
About the National Scenic Byways Program
The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, recognizes historic, scenic, and culturally important roads, all of which promote economic development and tourism in communities around the U.S. There are more than 1,200 byways in all 50 states.
All scenic byways exhibit one or more of six core intrinsic qualities — scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, or natural. For a road to be named a national scenic byway, it must first be designated a state, tribal, or federal agency scenic byway. Once achieving that, a road may apply for national scenic byway designation, but its intrinsic quality must be of regional significance. All-American Roads are the very best of the national scenic byways, demonstrating at least two intrinsic qualities of national significance.