See the most complete historical fort in Nebraska: Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park near Elyria. Originally built to protect pioneers from a Lakota tribe, Hartsuff became a fortress for the friendly Pawnee Tribe and pioneers.
Enjoy a Victorian tea at Ord’s Valley County Museum, where you can also learn about local Evelyn Sharp. After turning 18 in the 1930s, Sharp became the youngest female commercial pilot in the country.
The Happy Jack Peak and Chalk Mine in Scotia is the only publicly accessible chalk room and pillar mine in North America. Explore more than 6,000 square feet of honeycomb caves inside.
Loup Rivers Scenic Byway
From Wood River:
24 miles north on NE-11 to Dannebrog • 28 miles north on NE-11 to Scotia
17 miles north on NE-11 to Ord • 7 miles north on NE-11 to Elyria
10 miles north on NE-11 to Burwell • 46 miles north on NE-11 to Brewster
16 miles west on NE-91 to Dunning
Small-Town Stop: Dannebrog
Experience Nebraska’s Danish capital, Dannebrog, complete with an authentic bakery and, the first weekend of every December, an old-fashioned Christmas festival.
DO The first weekend in June, honor Danish heritage at the Grundlovsfest festival.
SHOP Browse works by area Native American artists at Pawnee Arts Center.
EAT Sample anything from cookies and kolaches to Thursday night pizza at Danish Baker.
STAY Plan a relaxing stay at Farwell Arms, a historic bed-and-breakfast with a country setting.