Western Nebraska Sights
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Not exactly the destination place for traveling but many find themselves traveling across Nebraska while crossing the United States. Here are a few sights to consider visiting while passing through.
Chimney Rock National Historic Sight
You're not the first to make the trek across Nebraska, since the days of the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail and the Pony Express....they all passed by Chimney Rock. The rock spire could be seen well out into the plains and was the first sign of the upcoming mountain terrain. Chimney Rock has been referenced in hundreds of early travelers journals.
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Not far west of Chimney Rock was the next landmark travelers passed, Scotts Bluff. These 500 foot rock towers must have been quite a sight for the early pioneers. Today a great road travels to the top of the bluff on a road carved into the mountain (through several tunnels). The summit has a great view, the north overlook has the highest point and benchmark (a 3 minute walk from the car). There is a visitors center with several hiking trails, one which goes up to the summit if you would rather walk up.
This is a free sight put up by the city of Alliance Chamber of Commerce to attract visitors. Imagine Stonehenge but with cars and you've got Carhenge. It makes for some interesting pictures.
Nebraska State Highpoint
Only a short detour off I-80, you can visit the highest point in Nebraska.
Some took a wagon, I took an Accord
On the trail to Scotts Bluff....now paved
Wagon near the visitors center
Trails near the visitors center
Trails on top of Scotts Bluff
Chimney Rock from the Visitors Center
One of several tunnels going up Scotts Bluff
View from Scotts Bluff