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Family Vacations in Nebraska: Carhenge
Jim Reinders and his family arranged old cars, painted gray, to match the                                  configuration of Stonehenge.
Jim Reinders and his family arranged old cars, painted gray, to match the configuration of Stonehenge.

In the small town of Alliance, Nebraska, is the unusual sculpture known as Carhenge. Carhenge is a replica of Stonehenge in terms of size and orientation, but the story of its origin is a bit different. As creator Jim Reinders explained, it was just "something to do at our family reunion." Reinders wasn't kidding: Carhenge was built during a reunion at the family farm in 1987.

Reinders and 35 of his relatives grabbed their backhoes, found a forklift, and worked seven 8-hour days to position the 38 cars. Among them, classic Cadillacs, an AMC Gremlin, and a Willys pickup, were stacked in formation and painted battleship gray in accordance with Stonehenge's appearance. People were immediately drawn to Carhenge despite its location four hours from Cheyenne, Wyoming. An estimated 40,000 to 80,000 folks visit each year.

Carhenge may not be a mysterious rock formation, but Nebraska isn't without its own natural wonders. Continue onto the next page to learn about Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff, a 325-foot natural rock formation in Nebraska.

Carhenge Information

Address: 2141 County Rd. 59

Alliance, NE

Telephone: 800/738-0648

Hours of Operation: Dawn - Dusk

Admission: Free

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Nebraska State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Nebraska, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.

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