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Alliance, Nebraska is a town in the western part of the state. It is the county seat of Box Butte County. The town was originally known as Grand Lake; however, when the railroad came in the 1880s, the railroad owners wanted a name that was easier to put on the schedule. They wanted something that was only one word and close to the beginning of the alphabet; thus, they settled on Alliance.
As with many towns in western Nebraska, Alliance was predominantly a railroad and coal town for a very long time. Located in what is known geographically as a “cold steppe” climate and geography, it is great for moving a railroad. Cold steppe also refers to the weather; it has very cold winters and mild summers.
Alliance is located about two hours away from Rapid City, SD. It’s about three hours from Casper, Wyoming, and four hours from Denver. As you can see, Alliance is a fairly rural place, but it is close to many other states for you to explore on your outdoor recreational adventure. When you rent an RV in Alliance, you will be one hour from the borders of South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. It’s a great place to start a tour of the Rocky Mountain states.
Alliance is well-known for the beauty of its outdoors; in fact, all of the Plains States are known for being beautiful. Chimney Rock National Historic Site is at the top of the list for many who book an RV in Alliance. Chimney Rock is located in Bayard, which is less than an hour from the city. Chimney Rock is a natural rock formation that looks somewhat like a chimney. It’s historical because it was used as guidepost for travelers on both the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail.
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is near Harrison, NE. The monument was earlier known as the Agate Springs Ranch, a privately-owned cattle ranch. It is now a preserved monument, notable for the number of Miocene fossils discovered there. Many of them date back to 20 million years ago. The museum there contains fossils from many prehistoric mammals such as early horses and bears. History buffs who rent a travel trailer from Alliance will also be able to see artifacts from several different Plains Indian tribes.
Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering is about an hour from Alliance. The bluff is located in grasslands that were previously the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, the Pony Express Trail, and other westward expansion trails. The bluff served as a landmark that helped travelers navigate. Many who rent an RV in western Nebraska do so in order to follow in the footsteps of previous travelers. The monuments along the old trails are a great way to get out and explore history.
The National Park Service maintains several ranches, forts, and natural formations that served as landmarks for westward travelers.
Original Nebraska travelers circled their wagons at night; those with an RV just need to find a good RV park. Fortunately, there are several in the area just waiting for you to come and lay your head at.
J & C RV Park features electric, water, and sewer hookups for your RV. They also have pull-through sites. The RV park has been described as “no-frills” site. Pets are permitted here so bring Fido and Fluffy along.
Meadowlark Annex RV Park in Bridgeport, Nebraska, has electric, sewer, and water hookups. They offer pull-through sites for those who don’t want to back into a spot. They also offer wireless internet. Bridgeport is only about thirty minutes away from Alliance, which would make this an option for those coming to the area in their Alliance RV rental.
Chimney Rock Pioneer Crossing offers sewer, electric, and water hookups. They also provide pull-through sites and big rig parking. This site is close to Chimney Rock and could be a consideration for those who plan to visit the national monument.
There are not a plethora of RV parks in Alliance itself, but there are several close by, especially closer to different monuments that provide great areas for you to enjoy during your vacation.
Carhenge is probably the most well-known tourist attraction in Alliance itself. Constructed in 1987, Carhenge consists of 38 vintage American automobiles arranged in a replica of Stonehenge. The cars are all painted gray. The site offers a visitor center and a gift shop.
An Army Air Base was built in Alliance before World War II and served as a hub of commerce in the area. Sallows Military Museum is designed to honor that legacy. It features artifacts from several different U.S. wars; many of the artifacts were donated by families from around Western Nebraska. History fans who rent a motorhome in Alliance, NE will enjoy this little bit of history.
Carnegie Art Museum was built in a former library, and often functions more as an art gallery than an art museum. They have exhibits and several different pieces of artwork. The artwork and the exhibits change from time to time, often rotation based on themes.
After your visit in Carhenge head over to the Knight Museum to purchase some souvenirs from the area. The Knight Museum is more than just a gift shop, though. There are several artifacts detailing the long history of western Nebraska. You should expect to spend one to two hours in the museum to see everything.
Most of the restaurants around Alliance specialize in classic American fare; that means cheeseburgers, salads, pies, and related foods. Most of them are vegetarian-friendly and accommodate different dietary restrictions.
As a town along the classic Oregon Trail, Alliance is very conducive, consider a camper rental in Alliance. Explore a museum, catch a sunset, sit by the fire, and take in the landscape. Rent a travel trailer in Alliance, NE and set out to explore the classic westward trail.