If you thought heading west started with the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, think again. Now there’s the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument spanning I-80 at Kearney, Nebraska, where the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails all converged in the western movement that ultimately linked Americans coast-to-coast. It’s on the way to lots of places and worth your visit.
Inside this only monument that spans an interstate highway, you can expect a state-of-the-art immersion, trail blazing adventure. Trek west with pioneers, get caught in a buffalo stampede, go for gold with 49ers, ride with the Pony Express, meet Mark Twain and hear the rumble of the Iron Horse. Here’s where nostalgia can really grip you. The Monument is at 1 Archway Parkway, Kearney NE 68847; 877-511-ARCH; www.archway.org.