By Jayne Clark, USA TODAY
2013 brings some notable anniversaries and associated hoopla. USA TODAY’s Jayne Clark highlights five spring and summer events that are worth planning a trip around.
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY
Why go: Before fast-food outlets and chain motels, there was the Lincoln Highway, the nation’s first transcontinental paved road. Though the original 3,380-mile route through 13 states has disappeared in spots, U.S. 30, aka “American’s Main Street,” still has a huge fan base. Many will pay their respects in Kearney June 30-July 1 at a centennial celebration that is expected to draw a huge collection of really vintage cars (pre-1930). Classic autos spanning five decades will be parked on the town’s five-block brick-paved downtown streets.
Don’t miss: A 200-car convoy of classic vehicles that will converge in Kearney on June 30, arriving from the Lincoln Highway’s eastern and western origins. On July 1, the nearby Great Platte River Road Archway will feature vintage trailers and a re-created stretch of highway constructed from 10 tons of its original bricks.