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Scenic Wonders Await You in Northeast Nebraska

Like the Missouri River gently running around the region, Northeast Nebraska, with its humble towns and dirt roads, offers a chance to slow down and appreciate the state's beauty. For travelers looking to take it easy, these stops are for you. 

Plainview Klown Doll Museum

1.    PLAINVIEW KLOWN DOLL MUSEUM

Visit the Klown Doll Museum in charming Plainview. More than 8,000 clown dolls of all sizes are attractively displayed. Witness this massive collection of clown dolls and clown items that are sure to bring a smile to your trip!

Poppin' Delights Gourmet Popcorn

2.    POPPIN’ DELIGHTS GOURMET POPCORN

Poppin’ Delights Gourmet Popcorn in Norfolk is your one-stop shop for all your sweet and savory needs. They offer made-on-site popcorn, fudge, cheesecake slices, freeze-dried candy, truffles, cotton candy and cookies.

The Broken Mug

3.    THE BROKEN MUG

The Broken Mug is an amazing staple of the Columbus community. Enjoy the specialty coffee drinks, delicious teas and more! The stop also offers breakfast, lunch, freshly baked pastries and an all-around unique experience.

Los Mezcales Ortiz

4.    LOS MEZCALES ORTIZ

Los Mezcales Ortiz is a local, authentic, family-owned Mexican restaurant that was voted best of Fremont in 2023. They offer made-from-scratch agua frescas, margaritas, chorizo, carnitas and dishes made with the best Birria you will find.

Master's Hand

5.    MASTER’S HAND

Enjoy the "World's Best Cinnamon Roll" at Master's Hand in Tekamah. Indulge while you enjoy a delicious from-scratch brunch or lunch. Sample decadent chocolates or specialty drinks and spoil yourself while shopping at a beautiful boutique.

John G. Neihardt State Historic Site

6.    JOHN G. NEIHARDT STATE HISTORIC SITE

This Bancroft attraction honors the first and only Nebraska Poet Laureate in Perpetuity and author of "Black Elk Speaks", John G. Neihardt. Spend time in the visitor center housing a museum, exhibit space and bookstore. Wander outside to enjoy the picturesque grounds, Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden and Neihardt’s charming, historic writing cottage.

Outlaw Pizza and Ice Cream

7.    OUTLAW PIZZA AND ICE CREAM

Outlaw Pizza is located in downtown historic Ponca. This family-friendly western-themed pizza restaurant also serves eight premium flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. Enjoy this fun restaurant while you explore Ponca’s amazing Native American history. 

Nissen Winery and Tasting Room

8.    NISSEN WINERY AND TASTING ROOM

Tucked into the rolling hills of northern Cedar County lies Nissen Family Vineyards, a family-owned vineyard and winery located near Hartington along Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail National Scenic Byway. Nissen offers guided tours, exquisite tasting room experiences and bottles of quality wine.  

Diane's Greenhouse

9.    DIANE’S GREENHOUSE

Diane’s Greenhouse in Fordyce is a great place to take in some nature and bring home a new green friend! Stop by this family-owned greenhouse and gardening center set in a peaceful farm setting. Enjoy a stroll through perennials, trees and shrubs. 

Dam Fish Shack

10.    DAM FISH SHACK

The Dam Fish Shack in Crofton has a great atmosphere and delicious food for the whole family. The shack serves a vast selection of aquatic creatures like catfish, perch and walleye as well as unique finds like gator, calamari and frog legs. Place your order and relax, they’ll let you know when "Your Dam Order is Ready!"

Magnolia's Boutique, LLC

11.    MAGNOLIAS BOUTIQUE, LLC

Visit Magnolias Boutique and you will find a variety of trendy and affordable women's clothing ranging in sizes S-3XL. as well as unique gift items. Located in a historic home in the heart of Central City, a visit here is a must for any diehard shopper.

Prairie Creek Vineyard & Winery

12.    PRAIRIE CREEK VINEYARD & WINERY

Enjoy a tasty glass of wine and great bites at Nebraska's second-largest winery! Prairie Creek Vineyard & Winery is proud to serve hand-crafted wines and delicious food with top-notch service, offering an unexpected uptown vibe in downtown Central City.

Sandhills Guest House Motel

13.    SANDHILLS GUEST HOUSE MOTEL

Sandhills Guest House Motel is an award-winning lodging property located along historic Hwy 20 in Atkinson. While overnighting, travelers are just minutes away from the area's finest restaurants, golf courses, museums, lakes and parks.