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Omaha is the largest city in the U.S. state of Nebraska.
Downtown Omaha, is where most people stay, and the area around the Historic Market District is the most attractive part of Downtown. Here the cobbled streets are lined with interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Council Bluffs, Iowa, is on the east side of the Missouri River from Downtown Omaha.
When you visit Omaha, Nebraska, prepare to be amazed You will find a
riverfront that is a showplace, a downtown renaissance, a burgeoning
metropolitan area, world-class entertainment, and a host of festive events
taking place year round.
Located along the banks of the Missouri River at Nebraska's eastern border,
Omaha is the state's largest city. Visitors can choose from a number of
museums. The Joslyn Art Museum is Nebraska’s only general art facility. Its
collection includes selections ranging from western art to works of the Old
Masters. The Joslyn is housed in an unusual building that is a hybrid combining
art-deco and neoclassical design. The interior is truly impressive, with 38
different varieties of marble having been used in the construction of the floors
At the Durham Western Heritage Museum, there is much to see and admire. The
art-deco building was once a railroad terminal, and is an attraction in
itself. The chandeliers and murals inside bring to mind the lost glamour of
rail travel. The museum's exhibits detail the development of Omaha and include
an impressive collection of historic coins, maps and documents.
Interesting sections of the city include the historic Old Market, bounded by
10th, 13th, Harney and Jackson streets. Visitors and locals alike feel
transported to the late 19th century as they stroll down the cobblestone
streets. The area contains art galleries, boutiques, specialty shops, sidewalk
vendors, pubs and restaurants. The Heartland of America Fountain and Park, east
of the Old Market, lies on 31 acres of riverfront property.
In bold contrast to the city's stately, older buildings, Mutual of Omaha's Dome
at 33rd and Dodge streets exemplifies the union of contemporary architecture
with energy efficiency. As the corporate headquarters for such companies as
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., ConAgra Foods, Gallup Organization, Mutual of Omaha and
Union Pacific Corporation, the building bears witness to the city’s diversified
economic base. At nearby Offutt Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force's Strategic
Command (STRATCOM) guides military operations around the globe.
An ambitious new riverfront project will develop the 422-acre Qwest Convention
Center and Arena, the National Park Service's Midwest headquarters, and a
pedestrian bridge linking Omaha and Council Bluffs.
Just outside of Omaha's metropolitan area to the northwest are Standing Bear and
Glenn Cunningham lakes. These lakes were formed by earthfill dams built by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and offer a host of water sports activities. The
300-acre Neale Woods Nature Center overlooks the Missouri River Valley and
contains 7.5 miles of wooded and prairie trails
Another memorable site is the legendary Boys Town, the residential program for
underprivileged youth established by Father Edward Flanagan in 1917. A tour of
the grounds includes the Hall of History which depicts the lifework of the
founder. Today, Boys Town is an incorporated
village on a 1,300 acre site that serves as both home and learning center for
over 500 boys and girls.
Don't miss the two perfectly preserved Navy vessels that are on display at
Freedom Park: the USS Hazard (a minesweeper) and the USS Marlin (a
submarine). You also should consider a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo, home of the
Lied Jungle and the Desert Dome, said to be the world's largest indoor rain
forest and largest indoor desert, respectively. You can walk through the Lied
Jungle at ground level and on an elevated walkway that runs through the
treetops. The Desert Dome offers a 30 foot sand dune and a hummingbird canyon,
along with habitats for a variety of creatures including monitor lizards,
meerkats, prairie dogs and pumas. The zoo also contains the Scott Aquarium, with
an underwater tunnel for viewing sharks up close, and an IMAX theater.
If you have an interest in the performing arts,
Omaha presents many options. The Omaha Symphony season includes 12 Symphony
performances, 12 Pops, and six Chamber concerts and is regarded as one of the
finest regional orchestras in the nation.The Omaha Opera provides
professional full-scale productions which have received favorable reviews in
both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The Omaha
Broadway Theater regularly brings national touring casts for major Broadway and
London West End productions to the Omaha stage.
Whether you enjoy walking along a trail,
strolling through the galleries of a fine museum, or relishing a fine dining
experience, this Nebraska city will satisfy. Known for covering the spectrum
from quaint bistros to fine dining, Omaha has its share of innovative chefs
serving up some of the most memorable cuisine in mid-America. Moreover, it is a
delight to experience what the local residents often take for granted: fine
Among the notable annual events on Omaha's calendar are the Omaha Quilters Guild
Show each April, the NCAA College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in June,
and the September River City Roundup and Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Livestock Exposition &
With the beauty of its gently rolling hills along the Missouri River and its
warm mid-western hospitality, a visit to Omaha will leave you with plans to
return time and time again.