Nebraska Passport Series: Literature


2013 Nebraska Passport Fact Sheet

The 2013 Passport program features 80 attractions on 10 themed tours throughout Nebraska. You can pick up a Passport booklet at any of the participating stops.

Get your Passport stamped at as many stops as you can before Sept. 30, and then send it in to claim your prizes. Even just one stamp will get you entered into a drawing for 300 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch tickets.

For each completed tour, participants receive a Nebraska Passport T-shirt. In addition, travelers can win 20 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch coupons (for 20 stamps) and a digital camera (for 40 stamps). A grand-prize drawing for an iPad mini will be held in October. An additional drawing for 300 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch tickets will be held for all participants, 19 and older, who turn in passports with at least one stamp.

A partnership with the Nebraska Hotel & Motel Association will provide lodging discounts to Passport participants who mention the program when making a reservation at a NHMA member's establishment and who show their passport when checking in. A list of hotels can be found at A list of stops and more information can be found at

The tours:

Hit the Hot Spots

Hit the hot spots for an especially memorable adventure. This classic itinerary includes many locally loved stops--tried-and-true experiences that are sure to please everyone in your traveling party.

Meet the Locals

Meet the locals and find unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip. Each of these stops is a member of GROW Nebraska, specializing in authentically Nebraskan experiences. You can learn about classic motor vehicles, taste delicious fresh-baked goods and peruse charming quilts--all while enjoying a touch of local charm.

Picture the Scene

Instead of souvenirs, bring home inspiration. Nebraska's thriving art community will enchant, enthrall and entertain you. Just picturing the scenes captured by these local artists will conjure up fond memories of your travels and give you a creative boost.

Play Outside

You can't travel in Nebraska without noticing the beauty and diversity of the landscape. Take time to play outside and unwind amid the natural beauty of the state. Pack a picnic, grab your mountain bike or slip on your walking shoes, and make the most of your encounter with Mother Nature.

Savor the Flavor

Savor the flavors of local fare at some of the state's most eclectic eateries. Featuring full-service restaurants and charming out-of-the-way cafes, these well-known hot spots will give you a taste of true Nebraska.

Seeing Is Believing

When it comes to the wonder of days gone by, seeing is believing. These stops bring the marvels of Nebraska's past to life for the entertainment of history buffs and casual fans. Come listen to the stories of key figures and important events that changed the course of history.

Sleep Tight

After a long day of exciting travel, make sure your evening is just as remarkable. Snuggle up and sleep tight in an authentic train car, a cozy cabin or a comfy bed and breakfast. Don't miss this chance to spice up your night.

Tap Into It

You'll have a hopping good time at these tasty stops. Tap into it at several Nebraska breweries--you'll be delighted by the craftsmanship of our local brew masters. Don't forget to make a toast in celebration of your lip-smacking adventure.

Turn the Page

Before you pen an account of your own adventures, check out an audio book by one of the state's celebrated authors to enhance your road trip. Nebraska has no shortage of literary luminaries who will entertain and enlighten, so turn the page and get to know them.

Wrangle the West

Once upon a time, cowboys and outlaws roamed the plains under the state's expansive skies. The characters may be different today, but you can still wrangle the West and rustle up a good time at these stops. Grab your boots and spurs, and get ready to uncover some Nebraska treasures.

The Turn the Page Tour celebrates Nebraska's literary luminaries. Pick up an audio book of one of the state's celebrated authors to enhance your road trips.

Stops are:

Bess Streeter Aldrich House & Museum, Elmwood

Willa Cather State Historic Site/Red Cloud Opera House, Red Cloud

John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft

Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, Chadron

Wright Morris Walking/Driving Tour, Central City

Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors & Loren Eiseley Exhibit at Bennett Martin Library, Lincoln

The Lyceum Café and Bookstore, Brownville

The Sisters Grimm, Bushnell