Carhenge: A Quirky Roadside Attraction

9.23.2014

One of the perks of being the one who plans the road trip is getting to decide where and when we stop for cheesy roadside attractions. After I mapped out our route (see this post for a screenshot of our route), I compared it with this site to see if there were any fun places to stop along the way.

Carhenge was my #1. It's "Nebraska's Answer to Stonehenge," and if that doesn't sound awesome to you, then I'm not sure we can be friends. Carhenge is exactly what it sounds and looks like: an exact replica of the famous Stonehenge just with old cars. In June 2014, it was named as one of the "Top 3 Quirky Landmarks" by USA Today.

One word: legit.
Carhenge gets approximately 40,000-50,000 visitors per year. It's kind of a thing. I ran around going, "This is so weird and cool!" And Jordan was all, "I married a crazy person."

WHATEVER, DUDE.

So that's Carhenge! What do you think?
Have you ever been? Would you go?


38 comments:

  1. I would totally stop if I was driving by and do the same sort of thing, I do not know if this is what you do but when I get excited at stuff like I start doing this weird leap and clap thing which I am sure embarrassing but I cannot stop it!

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    1. I TOTALLY do that! haha. Jordan just looks at me like I'm crazy. Glad I'm not alone! :)

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  2. Weird/Awesome! I would love to just travel the U.S. and find little funky places like that along the way!

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  3. That is really funny! If I was close-ish to it I would totally go since my chances of ever going to the real Stonehenge are pretty low. Also, that road-side website looks great, I've gotta keep it in mind for our next road trip!

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  4. what! i have never heard of this - but i would completely go!!!

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  5. Oh wow! Looks like a really neat place to visit! Never heard of it before, but would love to see it if I'm ever in Nebraska again. Great photos!

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    1. Thanks, Bethany! I'm so glad we stopped to see it!

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  6. I've always wanted to go to Carhenge! During my road trip to LA, my friend and I stopped at Cadillac Ranch in Texas, which was super cool. We didn't realize how close we were, so we didn't stop to pick up any spray paint. Buttttt.. when we got there, we found a few random cans that still had just enough left in them! So much fun.

    I love stopping at the bizarre road side attractions.

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  7. hahaha,,
    yes, you're so legit. i would drop by because i'd like to think that they're transformers ;)

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  8. My husband likes to plan roadtrips that same way. Last time he found the coondog cemetary where they only bury coondogs.

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  9. I would totally stop if we were driving by! I don't find too many chances to drive through Nebraska, but when in Rome...

    Finding quirky roadside attractions is partly why I love the state books from AAA. I annoy anyone driving with me by reading aloud interesting Jeopardy knowledge about the towns we are driving through. You never know when you may find something interesting!

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  10. Soooo eccentric and awesome. God bless 'Merica.

    -Amy

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  11. I would TOTALLY go!! I've never even heard of it. Imagine all those quirky places throughout the country just waiting to be unearthed. Like the other day on our way to camping we went through the OATMEAL Festival, which just happens to be Declan's favorite thing in the world. Sadly we were with friends and only going for one night so couldn't stop, but it's definitely been added to my calendar for next year. ;)

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  12. That is awesome! I would definitely go!

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  13. YES! I love it- I'm so glad you guys stopped hehe! I love weird, roadside stops like this! Jared and I are hoping to go West next year and you better believe I'll make my way to Carhenge if we can ;)

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  14. I have never even heard of this place, but it's moving to the top of the list. So. AWESOME!

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  15. Yes! I was waiting for this post! That is awe.some. It's definitely going on my "Things I must see in the USofA" list!

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  16. Why WOULDN'T you stop there on a road trip?!

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  17. IT'S SO AWESOME I'M GONNA DIE! :P
    Okay, jk, but it's pretty awesome! :]

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  18. OMG. That is the most awesome thing I've ever seen. Before seeing this, I would have said Nebraska seemed pretty boring, but clearly amazing people live there.

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  19. I would totally have stopped. But you probably have already guessed that. Unfortunately, I've never been to Nebraska.

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  20. Love it! I think you should plan my next road trip. I too have a thing for bizarre attractions. This summer I convinced my husband to drive five hours (round trip, which ended up being longer because we took a detour through the mountains) just to see a giant rock in the middle of a field. Yep, that's how I roll.

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  21. I love your enthusiasm when you were there, especially when you ran around the Carhenge. I've heard of Carhenge before but for some reason, I didn't think it was in Nebraska. When I first heard about it, I was a little skeptical, but it does look pretty cool!

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  22. You know the movie National Lampoon's Vacation? Where they go to Wally World? (My husband's favorite movie by the way). Your posts have that fun road trip vibe to them and I love it! Clark W. Griswold would totally stop here!

    Flying places is so overrated.

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  23. So cool! One of my favorite parts about out of town trips is looking up quirky things like this along the way!

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  24. Up to 500,000 visits a year? That is so awesome! Roadside attractions are so much fun... the crazier the better!

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  25. I like carhenge. I think it's weird but super fun too. Glad you got to go.

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  26. oh my goodness, this is the coolest thing ever!

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  27. I love this SO MUCH!
    I showed your pictures to Arnaud (who is a stone/Stonehenge fan) and I had to prevent him from buying a place ticket and flying away to Nebraska. Which is ironic, considering we're living a few hours away from the actual Stonehenge. :)

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  28. How fun are y'all!! What a neat little trip!! There is a similar place (with all these cars) in Texas - you can bring spray paint and people write fun messages :)

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  29. Whoa! I've never seen/heard of Carhenge but now I am very intrigued. I can't say I'd make a trip to Nebraska just to see it (I mean, I haven't even gotten to Stonehenge :P) but if I ever passed by the area I'd definitely make a little detour to see this roadside attraction!

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  30. i've never heard of this, but it's absolutely wonderful - quirky and delightful and a perfect way to break up a road trip. such fun pics!

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  31. Looks very cool. If I was driving by I would stop but I wouldn't make a trip specifically for it. if that makes sense.

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  32. Oh my gosh, Amanda, this is absolutely amazing in every way. I especially love that the very top of a truck is peeking out over the soil. It looks like it was driving, then just sunk. So hilarious! I would have loved it.

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  33. Hah! That's pretty cool! I'd like to see the conversations these people who come up with ideas like this had with their family and friends when they first brought up their idea though!

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