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Oregon Trail Scenic Auto Route

148.3 miles: 2 hours, 31 minutes

Drive through the North Platte Valley on US 26; once home to prehistoric mastodons, Native Americans, westward-bound pioneers and the Pony Express, it’s now a land of rodeos, chuckwagon suppers and abundant natural beauty, reminiscent of the Old West of classic westerns.

flickr/Kent Kanouse

Wheat and corn fields create a sea of tall stalks on this US 26 route that mirrors the path of the shimmering North Platte River. See deep ruts left by wagon wheels along the way. Chimney Rock National Historic Site, a 325-foot rock spire, signaled the prairie’s end to pioneers. At 800 feet tall, Scotts Bluff National Monument offers expansive views of grasslands.


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