Holy Family Shrine Is Clearly Gorgeous
VISIT OMAHA, NEBRASKA! ..THEN DRIVE ANOTHER HALF HOUR.
There’s a magical place in a field, down a road with a silly name, and you should add it to your road trip short list right away. Just outside of Omaha, Nebraska, in a town called Gretna, you will find the stunning Holy Family Shrine. The aforementioned road it sits on is called Pflug Road. Reading it was funny enough, as it seems to have 12 consonants in it, but I was even more happy when Google Maps read it out loud as “FLOOG” road. ♥
There’s a small parking lot, then a walkway that leads into a little building welcome center type deal. I had to bypass the visitor center because I had the sidekick Bean with me. Off to the left is a path leading up to the shrine. The tall grain is beautiful, and the quiet calm of the area is reeaally peaceful. Then about halfway up the trail, go ahead and get ready to be pelted about the face with about a billion ladybugs. I mean in clouds. A kind stranger helped me pick them out of my hair when we got back to the parking lot. >_< I assume this is seasonal, so please don’t be deterred, I’m just givin’ y’all a heads up.
I-80 ROADSIDE ATTRACTION
Holy Family Shrine is right off the highway. If you are traveling through Nebraska, Iowa, even South Dakota, I really think this I-80 roadside attraction is worth the extra miles. The thing I found interesting is that they don’t call themselves a church. On the Holy Family Shrine website, it’s referred to as a chapel. They appear to lean Catholic, but they fully welcome visitors of any faith. Or people who aren’t religious at all. They only do mass on Saturdays at 10 am. They also don’t allow weddings, or baptisms. They like for the chapel to remain free so that travelers may visit. I think that’s really cool.
Another cool feature is a little stream that starts outside, then goes straight into the chapel, and runs underneath the floor and alongside the pews.
Holy Family Shrine really doesn’t seem to have a bad angle. In the back, there’s a giant image of the Holy Family etched on a single pane of glass that is 16 feet tall.
This pit stop won’t eat up a lot of your day, and it also won’t cost you anything. They do accept donations though if you feel inclined. So charge your camera battery, soak up the good vibes, and watch out for those ladybugs.
MORE INFO ↓
Holy Family Shrine • 23132 Pflug Road • Gretna, NE 68028 • Holy Family Shrine’s website