LINCOLN — Nebraska Tourism Commission recently announced four stops in Cass County will be on the 2018 Nebraska Passport.
The passport inspires Nebraskans and tourists to travel the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations. In 2017 a record-setting number of people participated in the program with 469 participants hitting every stop.
“I’m continually amazed by the number of people who are passionate about this program and I’m pleased we can bring it back for the ninth year,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director. “Each summer these travelers embark on new Nebraska adventures and I know they’ll enjoy the destinations listed in the 2018 booklet.”
The 2018 Passport will feature 70 attractions in 11 different categories, including animals, sweet treats and outdoors. Travelers will have from May 1 through September 30 to visit the attractions and get their stamps.
This year, Herban Coffee Lab in Plattsmouth, Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Feathers in Louisville and Platte Valley Antique Mall in Greenwood are the Cass County stops.
“The purpose of the Passport program is to help travelers discover Nebraska’s hidden gems. 2018 Passport travelers will experience a variety of unique destinations while creating lifelong memories,” said Passport program coordinator Erin Wirth.
Passports will be available at participating stops starting May 1 or may be pre-ordered at NebraskaPassport.com.
Participants are also encouraged to download the Nebraska Passport App for their Smartphone to get digital stamps, supplementing the physical Passport booklet for convenience. Please note, the passport app will be updated with the 2018 information on May 1. Those who used the mobile app last year will need to download the update to see the new program information. To download, search ‘NE Passport’ in the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store.
2018 prizes will include:
- 10 stamps – Passport car decal and $15 in Nebraska lottery coupons
- 25 stamps—Nebraska Tourism calendar
- 45 stamps—Nebraska poster booklet
- 70 stamps – “Passport Champion” apparel.
- All children who participate will be awarded a special Passport surprise.
- Additionally, there will be drawings for 100+ prizes, including a Butcher’s Share from Omaha Steaks, “One Combo Meal a Week for a Year” from Runza and a year’s supply of chocolate from Bakers Candies.
2018 Passport stop categories are Animals, Arts, Back in Time, Coffee, Oregon Trail 175 Anniversary, Outdoors, Pizza, Restaurants, Shopping, Sweet Treats, Wine and Beer. More information on the Passport program can be found at NebraskaPassport.com.