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Arts, Parks and More in Your Kearney Airport Rental Car

Serving more than 30,000 flights a year, after you land at the Kearny Regional Airport be sure to stay a while and take a drive in your Thrifty rental car to explore all this vibrant city has to offer. From classic cars and modern art to the splendor of serene parks and preservations, Kearney Nebraska is the place stop, play and stay.

The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

Just eight miles south of the Kearney Regional Airport is the infamous Great Platte River Road Archway. Located at 3060 E 1st St., experience the westward expansion through the eyes of those who actually lived it! Spanning 310 feet over Interstate 80, this infamous archway represents almost 200 years of transportation history. Here you can explore detailed displays and hear harrowing stories as you tour through one of America’s busiest interstate highways in your Thrifty rental car.

Fort Kearny

Begin your tour of Kearny at Fort Kearny where the Oregon Trail converged with the Mormon Trail and California Trail back in 1840. Here, you’ll immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the historic trails — hearing the first-hand accounts from some of America’s first pioneers. Then, experience the rumble of the transcontinental railroad as it passes overhead or watch a Pony Express rider make a quick stop to change horses as he races to deliver mail across the country. Whether traveling with family or a group in your Kearny Airport rental car, this fort is a must-see with the award-winning displays that will take no more than an hour in entirety.

The Platte River Trader Gift Shop

Leave plenty of room in the back of your Thrifty rental car for the wide variety of patriotic, western and Archway merchandise to commemorate your experience. The Platte River Trader Gift Shop features hand-made, homemade and homegrown products from native Nebraskans. Featuring the best gift options on I-80, this shop has the perfect memento for your trip to the Archway.

The Classic Car Collection

If driving your Kearny Airport rental wasn’t enough of a thrill, get a look at more than 200 historic automobiles from the early 1900s to the modern era at the Classic Car Collection. Located adjacent to the world-famous Cabela's in Kearney, Nebraska, this collection features several very rare and historic vehicles, including a one of its kind 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith Limo, two Locomobiles and three Pierce Arrows. If muscle cars are more your speed, the collection also features several rare Mopar cars, a very rare supercharged Shelby Mustang GT 350 and an early GTO.

The Museum of Nebraska Art

Housed in a neo-classical building from 1911, take a drive to 2401 Central Ave. in your Thrifty rental car to view the work of artist-explorers like George Catlin, early Nebraskans Robert Henri and J. Laurie Wallace, plus modern-era artists like Grant Reynard, John Falter and more artists of today. Since 1979, the MONA has been home to the state’s official art collection, featuring over 6,000 works by artists of regional, national and international importance. Be sure to take advantage of the free admission and free parking just north of the museum building.