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Quirky America: Visiting Carhenge in Nebraska

by Michael on October 31, 2014

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We’ve taken road trips all over the world but still love driving around America the most due to the wide variety of unusual roadside attractions in the United States. One of the more off-beat highlights of our autumn road trip across America was visiting Carhenge in Nebraska. Just north of downtown Alliance, it’s a faithful reproduction of the ancient site of Stonehenge in England. Carhenge was built in 1987 by Jim Reinders and his family as a memorial to his father and stands on his father’s farm. In keeping with the original Stonehenge’s reputed astronomical significance, it was dedicated during that year’s summer solstice.

visiting carhenge in nebraska

The cars are painted gray to resemble the original standing stones at Stonehenge. Surprisingly the wheels on the cars still spin.

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When the automotive sculpture was first erected the town elders of Alliance didn’t know what to make of it and wanted it torn down. But people started coming from all over the world to view the unique artwork so the locals now embrace it as a visitor attraction.

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Carhenge is definitely worth a trip. Considering the remote location in the far northwest corner of Nebraska I was surprised that there was a steady flow of people coming to see it on a blustery weekday in October.

Larissa Michael Carhenge Nebraska (800x666)

Right next to it is a “Car Art Reserve” with newer sculptures made out of cars and car parts. There’s even an “auto-graph” car people can write on. During the summer the appropriately named Pit Shop Gift Shop is open for souvenirs.

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For updated information go to: http://carhenge.com/. Admission is free. And be sure to stop a few miles north on Route 87 to see one of the more unusual rest stops we’ve come across.

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Visiting Carhenge in Nebraska

Visiting Carhenge in Nebraska is easy. It’s located on Highway 87, three miles north of downtown Alliance. Alliance is in the northwest section of the state that is sometimes referred to as the “Outback of Nebraska.” If you’re hitting all the top sights on a cross-country road trip, Carhenge is only a 2 1/2 hour drive south of Mount Rushmore. Which is really just a drop in the bucket for those of you who crave long drives.


28581550060_131210d7e7_mLarissa and Michael are your typical middle-aged couple from Philadelphia who’ve been traveling the world full-time since 2011, seeking off-beat, historic and tasty sights. To receive our free quarterly newsletter with updates and valuable travel tips subscribe here.

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noel December 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

How inventive and witty and who would think this is in Nebraska, bravo! I would visit!

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JessieV December 23, 2014 at 10:53 am

What an interesting place! I love how people are so creative.

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Penny Sadler December 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Love it! There’s a similar – but not really – place called Cadillac Ranch,,, have you been there? I think this is more creative though.

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Cat of Sunshine and Siestas December 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

Love all of the quirky things you two find – my dad definitely has a new Mecca to travel to!

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Lillie December 27, 2014 at 11:17 am

This cracks me up so much. It’s quirky little art installations around the world like this that bring smiles to faces of people everywhere!

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Mary @ Green Global Travel December 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

Wow, Carhenge takes the idea of re-use to a whole new level!

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