Visit us in Northeast Nebraska!

Are you ready for an adventure? Do you want to get away and travel the backroads? Come along as we help you fulfill those plans! Traveling the “Best of the Backroads Tour of Northeast Nebraska”, you will travel through 10 Counties, enjoying the colorful landscape of the “rolling hills” and the picturesque view of the Missouri River. Reading the history on the strategically-placed viewpoints will take you back hundreds of years!

10 County Map
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As you travel the “Backroads”, you will come upon small towns that encounter rich heritage demonstrated with their unique and quaint shops and restaurants. You will see merchants displaying their talents— the taste of home-cooked meals, and goodies that will bring you back to your Grandmother’s recipes. Hidden Treasures, Historical Landmarks, Heavenly Treats, and Hometown Hospitality… that is what you will find on the Best of the Backroads Tour in Northeast Nebraska! 

There are also County Fairs, Geocaching (or download the Geocaching app on your phone), Golf Courses… and many other events and activities!  Check out the ‘Events’ page to learn more.

Here’s how to get started:
¨ Get your map at a participating business or on this website.

¨ Visit participating businesses and places to collect stamps in order to win cash prizes!

¨ Great family friendly activity, photography opportunities, outdoor recreation, geocaching opportunities.

Dates of the Backroads Tour are May 1st through September 30th

Mail completed forms to:
City of Laurel Economic Development Office
101 W. 2nd St.
Laurel, NE  68745

Or email to:

Deadline to mail forms in is Friday, October 15th, 2021.

We hope you enjoy traveling through Northeast Nebraska as we enjoy you visiting us!

Events Across Northeast Nebraska
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  • 01

    Wayne May Day STOL

    All day

    Short Take Off and Landing Competition, Wayne Municipal Airport

  • 01

    Laurel - Back Roads & Vintage Finds

    All day

    Visit Crow’s Nest Antiques, LLC for details

    Apr 30 at 8 AM CDT – May 1 at 3 PM CDT
    Price: Free
    Public Anyone on or off Facebook
    A TWO DAY event focused on small businesses in Northeast Nebraska, each shop offers a unique experience with a variety of finds.
    The event will be held on April 30 & May 1.
    Booklets with maps and store descriptions will be available soon at participating businesses.
  • 01

    Pierce Open House J&H Produce/Greenhouse

    All day

    Open House J&H Produce/Greenhouse April 30th , May 1st & 2nd

  • 02

    Pierce Open House J&H Produce/Greenhouse

    All day

    Open House J&H Produce/Greenhouse April 30th , May 1st & 2nd

  • 07

    Niobrara Graduation Cruise Night

    All day

    Niobrara Graduation Cruise Night May 7th

  • 09

    Ponca State Park

    All day

    5/9/21 Mother’s Day Picnic at Ponca State Park, Ponca, NE

  • 15

    Ponca State Park Fishing Derby

    All day

    5/15/21 Bill Morris Memorial Fishing Derby at Ponca State Park, Ponca, NE

  • 16

    Crofton 3Cs Golf Tournament

    8:00 AM-3:00 PM

    Crofton Lakeview Golf Course 8 a.m.