Nebraska is mostly flat, with more than two-thirds of this state lying within the Great Plains. Of course, flat does not have to equal boring for motorcyclists. This state boasts eight state parks and nine scenic byways. In addition, there are some hilly sections in the north-central region of Nebraska.
One of Nebraska’s best roads is the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, which is also known as Highway 2. This 272-mile road takes riders through the splendid Sandhills region and the Nebraska National Forest. The gently rolling Sandhills are actually sand dunes covered with a thin layer of stabilizing grass and were once home to millions of bison. Sadly, bison can now only be found in refuges in the Sandhills. However, other animals do still roam this area, including deer and the occasional pronghorn antelope. This region, which features a large number of marshes, rivers and wetlands, is also famous for its annual sandhill and whooping crane migration. People from all over the world come to the Platte River, from near Grand Island to west of Kearney, to see the approximately 500,000 elegant sandhill cranes that visit this area during their migrations. The birds migrate in the spring, from around late February to April, and then again in the fall, from around September through mid-November.
The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway stretches from Alliance, in northwestern Nebraska, to Grand Island in the central section of this state. This is a great scenic route for motorcyclists heading through Nebraska to the annual huge August rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Motorcyclists will want to make sure and keep their bellies and gas tanks filled whenever possible in this area, as services are sometimes few and far between along this road.
Motorcyclists will also want to ride US-20 in northern Nebraska, from this state’s border with Wyoming to the city of Valentine. This 197-mile route, which is also known as the Bridges to Buttes Byway, will take bikers through diverse landscapes, including rolling hills, prairies, and rocky buttes.
An interesting side trip from US-20 is Toadstool Park, which lies to the north of US-20 in the Western Nebraska Oglala National Grasslands. Toadstool Park is sometimes referred to as Nebraska’s Badlands and features unusual and large rock formations that have been sculpted by wind and rain. The caveat is that this road, while scenic, is gravel and quite bumpy.
The stretch of US-20 from Crawford to Harrison is part of a route known as the Fossil Freeway. This route also includes Highway 29 and Highway 71 going south from US-20. The area surrounding these roads is a treasure trove of fossils. There are several stops along this route that are dedicated to the fossils that can be found in this area, including Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed, Trailside Museum Fort Robinson State Park, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.
A pretty ride in eastern Nebraska is US-75 between Omaha and Sioux City. This 82-mile route, which is also known as the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway, runs parallel to the Missouri River and is a rolling ride through the hilly terrain lining this waterway.
Nebraska also has a number of motorcycle rallies, shows and rides throughout the year including the Faces Motorcycle Rally in Upland. This is a three-day charity event held in June that benefits the National Craniofacial Association and features music, rides, and lots of good eating.
Disclaimer: All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here. Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.
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