Nebraska Tourism Commission unveils 80 summer destinations

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LINCOLN, Neb. The Nebraska Tourism Commission has added new destinations to its yearly summertime passport program in an effort to promote attractions across the state.

The program encourages travelers to explore Nebraska by visiting 80 specific sites and collect stamps in their "passport" along the way. This year's program features 23 new communities and salutes the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Commission executive director Kathy McKillip says the goal is to have people reconnect with or discover the state while supporting small businesses and attractions.

More than 24,600 travelers collected stamps in 2015. When the program started in 2010, 278 people participated.

The 80 stops are grouped into 10 themes, including "Nebraska on Film," "Flavors of Nebraska," and "Find Your Park." The program will run May 1 to Sept. 30.