Nearly half a million people live in the river city of Omaha, which serves as the hub of Nebraska’s commerce and industry. This little city has more going for it than many people realize; here you’ll find elegant hotels, organic-food restaurants, and one of the most impressive art museums in the American West. Minutes away from downtown are expansive prairies, state parks, and attractions that chronicle the opening of the West to settlement.
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Travel from the desert to a rain forest in a matter of minutes. Take in the butterfly pavilion and stroll beneath sharks at the Scott Aquarium.
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The museum houses an impressive art collection — from Degas to Pollack. It’s rarely crowded and it’s free, so you can spend a little in the gift shop.
Since 1950, Omaha has hosted the NCAA Division I College World Series. Eight teams compete in the new TD Ameritrade Park beginning in mid-June.
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Stylish shops, restaurants and galleries in converted warehouses line cobbled streets in the Old Market. There’s a farmer’s market every Saturday.
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Amtrak offers scenic train journeys across America that reveal the majesty of the American landscape and glimpses of the heartland.
At the Ruth Sokolof Theater there’s almost always a curated film festival underway, taking a close-up look at a particular theme, actor or director.
These stairs are worth a climb — or at least an admiring look from below.
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