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Top Things To Do In Nebraska’s Panhandle

The Panhandle of Nebraska is really just a fun way of describing the northwestern portion of Nebraska. In this region, you’ll find a bit more rugged terrain that you wouldn’t typically associate with the state. Vast stretches of land seemingly haven’t been touched for eons, and there’s a good chance you’ll find ruts from wagon trains of the past.

The state’s most significant landmarks, Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock National Historic Site are in this region. Additionally there are some fantastic state parks to explore as well, including the oldest state park, Chadron State Park, and one of my favorite state parks, Fort Robinson State Park.

Scotts Bluff National Monument located in Western Nebraska
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You’ll want to visit some of the other towns in region because it’s not all just pretty vistas (though they’re nice, aren’t they?). Towns have unique draws from breweries and roasteries, to boutiques, museums, and quirky photo opps.


Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska
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Rattlesnake warning sign near Chimney Rock


A field in Chadron State Park in Western Nebraska.


Checking out the view from the stagecoach at Fort Robinson.


Hikers at Wildcat Hills SRA
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Hay Springs

  • Shop the full-service grocery store with locally-sourced items, Farm To Family


Interior of Laura Lee's Double L Country Store and Cafe in Harrisburg
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Diners at The Most Unlikely Place in Lewellen
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Exterior of Rosita's Restaurant in Scottsbluff
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Map of the Panhandle region

Use this Nebraska map to help you explore this region!

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Traveling through Nebraska? Here are the best places to visit in the state's Panhandle region, from iconic landmarks to the best restaurants and shops.

Exploring beyond the Nebraska Panhandle

If you want to extend your trip to Nebraska beyond the Panhandle region, here are some ideas for more places to visit:

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