Skip To Content
    Oct 10, 2019

    Carhenge Is The Iconic Site You Probably Didn't Know You Needed To Visit 'Til Now

    The ~free~ Nebraska roadside attraction is a total engineering marvel.

    There are many wonders of the world deserving of your bucket list, including Stonehenge in England!

    NBC / Via nbc.com

    I haven't made it there yet myself (I even mulled over visiting during a long weekend trip to London to visit a friend... maybe next time!). But while I've got you here, you should def plan your visit to Stonehenge bc it may be around for another 4,500 years but you and I won't be!

    Stonehenge is ICONIC to say the least and an engineering masterpiece. But I'm here to tell you about a similar engineering marvel: Carhenge!

    Emilykil / Wikimedia Commons / Via commons.wikimedia.org

    Yep, it looks like Stonehenge but is made with vintage American cars! It's located just north of Alliance, Nebraska, so if you live in the area or find yourself road-tripping nearby, it's definitely worth the jaunt.

    Brian W. Schaller / Wikimedia Commons / Via commons.wikimedia.org

    According to the Carhenge website, the installation "consists of the circle of cars, three standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and two station stones." So, the gang's all here! Plus, there's also a "Car Art Preserve" with some neat sculptures also made of car parts.

    If you know your cars, you can even stroll around and guess at the make/models of the cars used (like my dad did when we visited). BTW, the heel stone is a 1962 Caddy.

    But what's a car replica of Stonehenge doing on the Western sandhills of Nebraska? I'll tell you:

    While living in England, Jim Reinders studied the design and meaning behind Stonehenge and wanted to replicate that to scale and placement. With the help of his family members, Reinders built it as a memorial to his father Herman Reinders. About 35 members pitched in during June 1987. It was dedicated during the summer solstice that year.

    It consists of 39 cars with the circle measuring about 96 feet in diameter. But how was it installed? Upright cars are held via five-feet-deep pits with the trunks down in the ground and the ones making the arches are welded together. They're all covered in gray spray paint to replicate the stones of Stonehenge.

    But! The city council ordered it torn down! A public meeting happened with an overwhelming show of support by local folks whom wanted it to stay. The Friends of Carhenge was established and has been working since September 1989 to help fundraise for and preserve the project. And now the city of Alliance runs the attraction. Talk about a fairytale ending!

    And as you could probably guess, it's ripe for Insta photoshoots (as demonstrated by my brother Walt).

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Unlike the OG, you can walk amongst the "ruins" for pics of all angles and backdrops!

    Yep.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    There's so much you can do here with scale!

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Yet the Carhenge structure isn't the only photo op. There are also other art installations made of cars and car parts as part of the Car Art Reserve.

    Runner1928 / Wikimedia Commons / Via commons.wikimedia.org

    This one is called "Spawning Salmon" by Geoff Sandhurst.

    And this time capsule situated at the *perfect* angle for a stunning pic.

    Brian W. Schaller / Wikimedia Commons / Via commons.wikimedia.org

    Plus, it's FREE so anyone road trippin' on a budget can stop by and marvel at the site for zero dollars.

    THOUGH if you can afford it, you can and should donate to its upkeep!

    And! If you're there during the summer months, you can dip into the Pit Stop Shop on site for some great merch and some cold drinks.

    Have you too been to Carhenge? If so, let us know in the comments!