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12 Fascinating Things Found In Western Nebraska

12 Fascinating Things Found In Western Nebraska

Those only familiar with the region near Nebraska’s largest cities in the east are for a surprise the first time they visit Western Nebraska. Hands down, the western side of the state’s most dramatic landscape and some of the most unique attractions. Here are my top recommendations for things to do and see in Western Nebraska.

Western Nebraska Attractions

A few more western Nebraska attractions

Because I tend to focus on the outdoorsy stuff (with a gallery thrown in the list just to confuse you), I figured I ought to add a few more notable attractions that may appeal to the not-so-outdoorsy. The stays-indoorsy person, if you will.

So if you want some quirky attractions, some restaurants and some other unique spots, here’s the list for you.

Ash Hollow Cave & Windless Hill

Where: Ash Hollow State Historical Park, 4055 US-26, Lewellen, Neb.

Ash Hollow State Historical Park was an important stopping point on the Oregon/California Trail, with ruts from covered wagons still visible. Some of the park’s highlights include the preserved prehistoric cave dwellings, an old schoolhouse, and 9 miles of hiking trails.

There are two notable events held at the park each year:

  • The Ash Hollow Pageant features outdoor performances telling stories taken from the diaries of pioneers traveling the Oregon-California Trail, live music, and a chuck wagon supper.
  • Halloween at the Hollow is in October and includes wagon rides, trunk-or-treating, food and games.

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge

Where: 123 N. Oak St., Paxton, Neb.

Around since 1933, Ole’s is the kind of steakhouse that is equally fascinating to dine in, and terrifying. The stares from the 200+ big game trophies on the wall and all around you kinda makes you feel guilty.

Carhenge

Where: 2151 County Road 59, Alliance, Neb.

Carhenge, one of western Nebraska's quirkier attractions
Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

It’s referred to Nebraska’s answer to Stonehenge, and perhaps that paints just enough of a picture for you. Carhenge is a replica of Stonehenge, but the quirky off-the-beaten path attraction uses old cars and trucks instead of rocks.

You may ask “Why?” The creator will reply “Why not?”

Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Cafe

Where: 312 Norris Ave., McCook, Neb.

Nebraskans love their homegrown fast food restaurant, Runza, which serves a sandwich that is essentially a bieroc – beef and sauerkraut-stuffed bun.

One of the most famous places to get a bieroc in Nebraska (and not a Runza) is at Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Cafe. The bakery is a James Beard Foundation 2019 American Classics Award Winner.

Potter Sundry

Where: 324 Chestnut St., Potter, Neb.

Home of the Tin Roof Sundae, Potter Sundry has been offering treats since 1916. Named for its tin ceiling, the sundae includes overflowing vanilla and chocolate ice cream scoops with chocolate and marshmallow sauce and nuts.

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