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(Neb)-Nebraska Passport Program Includes 3 Dawes County Sites

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/01/2017 10:45 AM
CHADRON - The Nebraska Tourism Commission has announced the stops in this summer's Nebraska Passport program, which again features 80 attractions on 10 themed tours with one tour honoring the state's sesquicentennial.

       State Passport program coordinator Erin Wirht says the focus this summer is on giving travelers truly memorable experiences, from discovering Nebraska's hidden gems to celebrating Nebraska's 150th birthday.

       There are 11 Panhandle sites, including 4 in the northern Panhandle: Carhenge, the Mari Sandoz Center, Fort Robinson, and the Gibbons Honey Farms near Crawford.

      Dawes and Sioux County Tourism Director Kristina Harter is excited about the selections and says the tourism agencies and attractions of the Panhandle will be highlighting them.

    Several area attractions that were Passport Sites in the past weren't included this time and says a special effort is being planned to make sure they're not overlooked by visitors.
  
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This will be the 8th year for the Passport program and the number of stamps given out has grown every year. New state tourism director John Ricks expects this year's total to surpass last year's record of more than 87,000.

      Travelers will have from May 1 through September 30 to visit the attractions and get their stamps, which can be done digitally by smartphone with the free Nebraska Passport App. Those who used the mobile app last year will need to download an update to see the new program information.
 
   Panhandle Sites Selected For the 2017 Nebraska Passport Program:

THRILLS & CHILLS

Arrow Hotel (Broken Bow)
Fort Cody Trading Post (North Platte)
Fort Sidney Museum and Post Commander’s Home (Sidney)           
Historic Argo Hotel (Crofton)
Klown Doll Museum (Plainview)
Museum of Shadows (Elmwood)
The Speakeasy (Holdrege)
Trails and Rails Museum/BCHS (Kearney)

HIDDEN TREASURE
Brownville Historic District (Brownville, Stamps at Flatwater Folk Art Museum & Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard & Winery)
Chez Bubba Café (Goehner)
Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire (Blair)
Clayton Museum of Ancient History at York College (York)
Gibbons Honey Farms (Crawford)                                                 
G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture (Kearney)                  
Pawnee City Historical Society & Museum (Pawnee City)
Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed (Lincoln)

ART FOR THE HEART
Artists’ Cooperative Gallery (Omaha)
Cedar Creek Pottery (Beatrice)
Main Street Studios & Gallery (Elkhorn)
Pender Quilt Tour (Pender, Stamp at Main Street Thriftique)
Postscript (Ashland)                    
Prairie Arts Center (North Platte)
Robin’s Nest (Springfield)
Studio K Art Gallery (Grand Island)

HELLO SUNSHINE
Ash Hollow State Historical Park  (Lewellen)     
Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center (Wood River)
Fort Robinson State Park (Crawford)   
Niobrara State Park (Niobrara)
North Fork Outfitting, LLC (Norfolk)                    
Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour (Omaha)                      
Red Willow State Recreation Area (McCook)
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (Gering)

A WARM WELCOME     
Aurora Downtown Square (Aurora, Stamps at The Renaissance Fine Art and Photography Studio & Aurora Floral)
Fairbury Downtown Square (Fairbury, Stamp at Stagecoach Mall Antiques/Main Street Coffee House)
Ord Downtown Square (Ord, Stamp at The Golden Husk Theater)
Our Corner Cottage Gifts (Wahoo)                      
Polish Heritage Center (Ashton)
Rustic & Red (Cozad)
Seward Downtown Square (Seward, Stamps at Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room & Chapters Books & Gifts)
Tecumseh Downtown Square (Tecumseh, Stamp at Johnson Country Museum)

CELEBRATE NEBRASKA 150        
Legacy of the Plains Museum (Gering)
Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center (Chadron)  

National Willa Cather Center (Red Cloud)
NE 150 Mobile Museum  (Various Locations)
Nebraska History Museum (Lincoln)                    
Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Ranger District (Halsey)
Nebraska State Capital (Lincoln)
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (Grand Island)

A LITTLE ME TIME
A Little Inspiration (Geneva)
Chapman Swifts Coffee House (Kearney)
Citta’ Deli (McCook)
Double L Country Store and Café (Harrisburg)      
Lauritzen Gardens (Omaha)
Positively You Boutique (Central City)
Smith Falls State Park (Valentine)
Something Special by Marilyn (Atkinson)

GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD TIMES    
17 Ranch Winery (Lewellen)
The Chocolate Bar (Grand Island)
Glacial Till Tasting Room (Ashland)                    
Infusion Brewing Company (Omaha)
Junto Wine (Seward)
Legends of Clatonia (Clatonia)
Odyssey (Hastings)
The Tangled Tumbleweed (Scottsbluff)   

UNIQUELY NEBRASKA  
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park (Royal)
Bakers Candies Inc (Greenwood)
Carhenge (Alliance)                   
Father Flanagan’s Historic Home (Boys Town)
Happy Jack Chalk Mine (Scotia)
University of Nebraska State Museum – Morrill Hall (Lincoln)                    
Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse (Paxton)                     
Runza Restaurant (Lincoln)

BE A KID AGAIN
Dusty Trails, LLC (North Platte)
eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato (Omaha)
Edgerton Explorit Center (Aurora)                     
Front Street Steakhouse and Crystal Palace Saloon (Ogallala)
Horn T Zoo (Monroe)
Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard (Nebraska City)
TTM Toys (Nebraska City)
UNL Dairy Store (Lincoln)


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