Create woodblock decorations, join a painting party or see what artists are exhibiting at the Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance. The center repurposes the town’s original library, which opened in 1912.
Victoria Springs State Recreation Area marks the location of mineral springs near the community of Anselmo. Fish, paddleboat and picnic, then camp or rent a cabin to extend your exploration.
Located in a pretty red barn in Broken Bow, the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Visitor Center invites road-trippers. Learn from exhibits inside and out, or chat with the friendly staff for area info.
Especially during a new moon, stop and look up at the night sky along the byway’s vast stretches of open road—Nebraska promises some of the best stargazing anywhere in the world.
Sandhills Journey National Scenic Byway
From Grand Island:
33 miles west on NE-2 to Ravenna • 49 miles west on NE-2 to Broken Bow
41 miles west on NE-2 to Dunning • 11 miles west on NE-2 to Halsey
17 miles west on NE-2 to Thedford • 25 miles west on NE-2 to Mullen
39 miles west on NE-2 to Hyannis • 59 miles west on NE-2 to Alliance
Small-Town Stop: Broken Bow
A small town with deep roots in agriculture, Broken Bow offers a quiet place to relax and recharge along your Sandhills journey.
DO Those curious about the past can dig deep into photos, a homesteader’s index and more at Custer County Historical Museum.
SHOP Shop Ortello Dale for home décor and gifts with a rustic-chic vibe.
EAT Pop into Kinkaider Brewing Co. for beer on tap and a crave-able food menu.
STAY Enjoy Western charm with modern conveniences at the historic Arrow Hotel.
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