2151 Hwy 87 (2.5 miles north on Hwy 87)
Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: (308) 762-3569
Named the #2 Wackiest Attraction by TripAdvisor and in the Top 10 U.S. Roadside Attractions by National Geographic, and voted 3rd Quirkiest Landmark by USA Today Travel, Carhenge, a replica of Stonehenge, welcomes about 60,000 visitors annually. See the 3 standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, 2 station stones, as well as the Car Art Reserve. Open daily Admission: Free
204 East 10th Street
(North on Box Butte Ave, then east on 10th Street.)
Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: (308) 762-2384
The pride of Alliance is the Central Park fountain. This fountain, built in 1935 has long been the meeting spot on a hot day to enjoy the cool mist and shade of the massive trees in the park. The ever-changing patterns in the fountain are a mesmerizing way to sooth the soul and the ever-changing lights at night are breathtaking. The Fountain is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and runs Memorial Day through Labor Day. Located in Central Park along with the Sunken Garden, shelters, playground, Knight Museum, Sallows Military Museum, Arboretum, Conservatory, open spaces and Snake Creek Trail provide great times for family activities and education. Swimming and playing in the water is not allowed.
2610 County Road 57 (2 miles east of Alliance on Hwy 2, 1 mile south)
Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: (308) 763-2958
They saved the world from tyranny and paid our share of the cost for freedom. Now, they have come home to rest in the peace and tranquility of the prairie. Honor our veterans at Nebraska’s first State Veterans Cemetery.
Steam Engine display: North of Hwy 2 on Box Butte Ave. to 18th St.
One of five surviving CB&Q 4-6-0’s, K-4 no. 719, built in 1903, it was used for most of its half century on the Burlington’s Alliance Division. Representative of the steam-power era of railroading, it was one of three K-4 locomotives, mainline passenger types, built at Havelock. The 86-ton engine was donated by CB&Q to the City of Alliance in 1962 and refurbished by Burlington Northern Railroad volunteers.
On January 27, 1888 Burlington & Missouri’s railroad grade and tracks reached Alliance from Grand Island and the Rail Head from where material would be assembled for further advance of the “iron trail” was established here. “We are beginning to find that he who builds a railroad west of the Mississippi must also find a population and build up a business” is a phrase which became known as “The Burlington Creed” which the railway never forgot in its years of colonization activities.
BNSF Train Viewing is available throughout the town, please be cautious and do not cross onto private property.
Knight Museum and Sandhills Center
908 Yellowstone Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: (308) 762-2384
This innovative historical Museum features five areas of local history including: Life in the Sandhills, Native American life, Life in the Country, Life in the Town and The Railroad that tied it all together. The secondary theme of Rogues, Rascals, and Visionaries gives you the a look at the personalities that settled the area, you’ll have to figure out who is what! Pioneer memorabilia, Native American artifacts and railroad history are some of the highlights of the collection. Visitors to the museum can get a glimpse of the life lived by the people who settled in the Nebraska Sandhills. The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center is famous for a broad range of genealogy research as most of the city and county records , and many Western Nebraska records are contained in a digital database as well as in the original form and all are available to the public. The Museum offers a large research room with microfilmed local newspapers, area authors, photos, and genealogical files. A gift shop carrying local authors and unique gifts is also featured. Admission: Free
Dobby’s Frontier Town
320 E. 25th Street Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: (308) 762-4321
See firsthand what life was like in a small frontier town in the Nebraska Sandhills. Dobby’s Frontier Town features restored buildings and businesses along with antiques and tools which are set for visitors to pick up and examine, giving Dobby’s Frontier Town a fun, educational experience. The town is located at 320 E. 25th St. in Alliance. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Admission: Free
1109 Niobrara Ave. Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: (308) 762-2385
The Sallows Military Museum’s stated purpose is to “Remember, Honor, and Educate”, and is dedicated to the men and women who served our country in time of conflict. Weapons, uniforms, accessories, memorabilia, pictures, and written documents are available for viewing. Displayed items and information come primarily from individuals with some connection to the Western Nebraska Area. This unique quality provides the visitor a microscopic view of our nation’s conflicts and sacrifice through the eyes of those men and women. North on Box Butte from Hwy 2, east on 10th, north on Niobrara Ave. Admission: Free
Historic Main Street
Box Butte Ave.
Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: (308) 762-1800
There are distinctive shops all around Alliance for clothing, art, ceramics, furniture and much more waiting for you to discover. The brick streets and historic buildings call you to a nostalgic shopping trip.
“Old Jules” Gravesite
Alliance Cemetery Alliance, NE, 69301
“Old Jules” Sandoz is one of the most famous Nebraskans in history thanks to his daughter–author Mari Sandoz. Her novel, “Old Jules”, told the story of his pioneering efforts in the rugged Sandhills of Western Nebraska during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Hwy 87, then one mile east on E.10th (Otoe Rd), 1/2 mile north on CR58 The electronic directory at cemetery will take you on your journey. His grave is located in Block 8; Section 5; Lot 8; Space 2 where he is buried with his wife Mary and their daughter Flora.
Carnegie Arts Center
204 West 4th Street Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: 308-762-4571 FAX: 308-762-4571
A more traditional approach to art can be found at the Carnegie Arts Center, at Laramie and 4th Streets (one block north of Hwy 2). Three galleries regularly rotate exhibits of artists from Nebraska and neighboring states, with most of the original artwork being for sale. The Sales Gallery also regularly offers the opportunity to purchase original designs in blown glass, pottery, jewelry and other unique one-of-a kind items. And, don’t miss the beautiful Sculpture Garden. Open Tues-Sunday Admission: Free
410 Box Butte Ave.
First run movies in a nostalgic 5-plex theater.
Alliance Learning Center
1750 Sweetwater Ave (north on Box Butte from Hwy 2 to 18th Ave.)
PH: (308) 762-1387
The Alliance Public Library and Western Nebraska Community College is housed in the Alliance Learning Center. Free Wi-Fi Library resources available.
9 1/2 miles north on CR70 (asphalt) of
Hemingford, NE, 69348
PH: (308) 763-2940
Seven miles long, this1,600-acre reservoir on the Niobrara River has over 14 miles of shoreline offering camping and water-related activities., The lake is just 10 miles north of Hemingford and open year-round. Anglers can find walleye, yellow perch, bluegill, channel catfish, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass and crappie in the waters of the reservoir. Birders can find a variety of waterfowl and Sandhill birds. Sailboats, powerboats and personal watercraft cruise the waters of Box Butte Reservoir, two ramps with docks. A children’s swimming area is marked and protected by buoys for safety. RV:14 camp pads w/electric & 40 primitive, numerous tenting sites and picnic locations are available around the shores of the lake. Box Butte Reservoir is a Nebraska State Recreation Area open year-round and is one of the area’s more popular ice fisheries in the winter. Park permits are required for entry which are available at several local businesses or from Nebraska Game and Parks website.
Skyview Golf Course
2613 County Road 57 Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: (308) 762-1446 FAX: (308) 762-1447
An 18-hole championship course located in the beautiful rolling Sand Hills east of Alliance in the beautiful rolling Sand Hills. The course measures 6845 yards from the championship tees and 5500 yards from the forward tees. The gently rolling fairways are perfect for those golfers who choose to walk rather than ride. Affordable green fees and tee times are seldom necessary. East on Highway 2 to County Road 57, then south.
Big Blue Bay Swimming Pool
Big Blue Bay Swimming Pool located at 18th and Box Butte Ave. is the place to cool off on a hot summers day. Open from memorial Day through Labor Day, with zero depth entry, a mushroom waterfall, and a massive 135 foot water slide.
Laing Lake & Park
Laing Lake Park is the place to be for walking and jogging, picnicking, nature observation, and features a disc golf course and free skate park. Located north of Hwy 2 on Box Butte Ave. to 18th.
Wiggly Field Dog Park
Wiggly Field Dog Park is located at 1603 Box Butte Avenue. Your dogs can enjoy 2 1/2 acres of fenced in grassy freedom from sunrise to sundown! Amenities include: agility equipment, tennis balls, drinking water, small wading pools, multiple cleanup bag stations, separate area for small dogs or dogs that need a private space, covered gazebo and stone benches.
Four ball field areas, eight fields, and eight tennis courts are located in the City of Alliance.
Alliance Rifle Club
8 miles east on Highway 2
901 Niobrara Ave.
Alliance, NE, 69301
PH: 308-762-2761 or at 308-762-5000