|Land O' the Trails|
This route has no shortage of historically significant attractions, family-friendly stops, good old-fashioned fun, and an array of spectacular scenery of sun-drenched countryside, bountiful orchards, tallgrass prairies, and historic settlements.
Lincoln boasts a number of world-class attractions within its city limits. Plan a few leisurely hours shopping and dining in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket District before heading to the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses impressive displays of 20th century American art. The State Capitol building is a must-see. You can take a guided tour of the building or simply wander and explore at your own pace. Laugh out loud and be thoroughly entertained at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Spend time browsing and bargain hunting in downtown Syracuse’s eclectic shops. While in Nebraska City, be sure to stop by the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum. The National Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm is also a big treat for kids and adults alike. At Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard, the whole family will enjoy picking their own fruit from the orchard’s many apple trees.
In Brownville, treat your family to a cruise down the Missouri River on the Spirit of Brownville Riverboat. The Brownville Lyceum is a haven for book lovers with used books to purchase, reading rooms to relax in and read, and a small café that serves tasty, locally prepared dishes. The Pawnee City Historical Society Museum displays 16 historical buildings housing antique furnishings, tools, vintage vehicles, rare photos, books, unique handcrafted items, and more. At Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, learn about the Homestead Act and how it helped shape Nebraska into what it is today.
Start in Lincoln
32 miles east on NE-2 to Syracuse
19 miles east on NE-2 to Nebraska City
35 miles south on US-75, east on US-136 to Brownville
46 miles west on US-136, south on US-75, west on NE-4, south on NE-50 to Pawnee City
42 miles north on NE-50, west on NE-4, west on US-136 to Beatrice