History of the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway
In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on a journey that would become one of America’s most fabled expeditions. Part of that adventure would take them up the Missouri River and along the eastern and northern border of present-day Nebraska.Today, travelers experience that same pathway along the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway. This 82-mile journey stretches just north of Omaha to South Sioux City.
Be a part of a team that encourages travelers to explore the lands the expedition traveled over two hundred years ago.
Traveling the Byway
Visitors traveling the byway experience lush, wooded bluffs that overlook the majestic Missouri River as it snakes its way through fertile farmland. They enjoy waterfowl and bison thriving on the area’s natural resources. In autumn, they witness the white clouds of snow geese as they make their graceful decent onto the oxbow lakes of DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge just east of Blair.As travelers make their way along the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway through the reservations of the Omaha and Winnebago tribes, they share the path trappers, traders, and American Indians once lived and traveled. They view many historic sites as Fort Atkinson – the first military post west of the Missouri River located near the village of Fort Calhoun – and take part in the daily routine of life on American’s frontier. Near Winnebago, travelers discover a large herd of bison roaming the grassy plains.
Visitors take part in one of the many cultural events and attractions celebrating the ethnic heritage of northeast Nebraska including colorful powwows featuring tribal dances.
All this plus ample boating, fishing, hiking and more make the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway an inspiring path of fun!
And of course, Too Far North is proud to be part of the Byway’s southern end. Stop on in and make it a great beginning and/or end to your journey!