Homestead National Monument of America
Scenic Byway
Heritage Highway
238 miles / US 136 between Edison and Brownville
Traversing 10 counties, the Heritage Highway Scenic Byway transports road-trippers to communities where Nebraska history is preserved and worth exploring. Whether you start or end in historic Brownville, take time to explore the Missouri, America’s longest river.
Click the pins to discover 4 historic sites along this byway
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Red Cloud Opera House
Red Cloud Opera House

Red Cloud Opera House, the stage home of author Willa Cather, sets the mood, scene and tone of the 1890s with a full schedule of performances. Marvel at the 19th-century grandeur of this Red Cloud venue, fully restored in 2003.

Superior Estates Winery
Superior Estates Winery

Want to stretch your legs with a tranquil view? Take an extended break at Superior Estates Winery in Superior, where vineyard views pair nicely with Nebraska wine and fresh-baked pizza.

Rock Creek Station State Historical Park
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

In Fairbury, explore 350-acre Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Among prairie hilltops, creek bottoms and rugged ravines, you’ll discover deep ruts carved by wagons that traveled the Oregon and California trails.

Homestead National Monument of America
Homestead National Monument of America

Stop at the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice to learn about the importance of the Homesteading Act of 1862 in the expansion of the U.S.

Heritage Highway Scenic Byway

Route Directions

From Edison: 
28 miles east on US-136 to Alma (Harlan County Reservoir)
46 miles east on US-136 to Red Cloud  •   25 miles east on US-136, south on NE-14 to Superior
36 miles north on NE-14, east on US-136 to Hebron  •  24 miles east on US-136 to Fairbury
30 miles east on US-136 to Beatrice   •   52 miles east on US-136 to Auburn
57 miles east on US-136 to Brownville

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Small-Town Stop: Brownville

With a population of about 150, this quaint historic town is filled with landmarks, shops, bookstores and an ice cream parlor.

DO Visit Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard & Winery for delicious wine in a historic location.

SHOP Stroll historic downtown Brownville for boutiques, galleries and sweet treats.

EAT Savor the ever-changing menu at Lyceum Restaurant and Bookstore.

STAY Cruise aboard the Spirit of Brownville and retire to a floating bed-and-breakfast at River Inn Resort.

Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard & Winery
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