Road to Nowhere

Cutting across America’s heartland, US‑83 remains a must-do long-distance byway—transnavigating this broad, odd nation without once grazing a conventional tourist destination.

Thedford and Scenic Hwy‑2

Sleepy little Thedford (pop. 188) stretches west of US-83, lining up along the Burlington Northern railroad tracks. The town—not much more than a few little houses, some loud cicadas, a motel or two, and a combination Conoco station and road-food restaurant—does mark the junction of US-83 and Scenic Hwy-2, which runs west-east across the heart of Nebraska, abounding in wildflowers, ultra-quaint but totally unselfconscious small towns, and pastoral beauty from horizon to horizon.

South of Thedford, US-83 jumps and descends for another 66 miles or so toward North Platte with very, very little to occupy your time other than scenic overlooks along the Dismal and South Loup Rivers.