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Lincoln Highway becomes a National Scenic Byway

Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 4:55 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Highway 30 is being recognized for its historical value as it has brought many travelers across the state of Nebraska. The Lincoln Highway, otherwise known as Highway 30, has been a State Scenic Byway since 2004 and now a National Scenic Byway.

“You can really travel the whole state. You go from the beautiful bluffs of the Missouri River on the east through the heart of Nebraska and our agricultural industry and on out into the high plains of the Western Nebraska Panhandle,” said Assistant Director at North Platte Lincoln County Visitors Bureau, Muriel Clark.

This byway will be featured in the 2021 National Scenic Byways Program Designations Booklet and will also be added to the America’s Byways website. Creating more of a buzz to stop by.

“We’re hearing more and more as America kind of recovers from the pandemic and people are starting to travel again what they’re really looking for is road trips,” said Clark.

Clark with the visitors bureau says this is a great way to show Nebraska’s history to travelers.

“It’s gonna be in the news and of course they’re going to use beautiful pictures of what we have to offer and what our road trips are like, what our people are like, what the beautiful little communities that the Lincoln Highway goes through is like. So I think people will really start to realize that Nebraska is the place to visit,” said Clark.

This recognition is in hopes of bringing more tourism and more travelers through North Platte and the surrounding communities.

The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, which runs 272 miles along Nebraska Highway 2 from Grand Island to Alliance, also received this designation.

The two byways are the first in Nebraska to receive a designation to America’s Byways® Collection.

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