Omaha, Nebraska, draws visitors for its architecture and multicultural atmosphere as well as its popular museums and galleries.
Most of Omaha’s attractions are in the downtown area. Use the city’s north and south dividing line, Dodge Street, as a quick reference point and start your exploration. Navigate using the numbered streets, which begin high on the west and decrease as you approach the Missouri River on the east.
Architecture lovers will enjoy a visit to St. Cecilia Cathedral, located on one of the city’s highest points. It’s one of the largest cathedrals in the U.S. and is a good example of Spanish Renaissance revival-style architecture.
From the cathedral, head north to downtown and tour The Durham Museum, housed in an art deco-style building that was once a train station. Today, you can observe traveling displays and the permanent collection, which focuses on the history of the region.
Between destinations, don’t forget to try a world-famous Reuben sandwich in the city of its birth. Although there are variations, this is traditionally a hot sandwich with corned beef and sauerkraut.
Animal lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. As well as being Nebraska’s largest zoo and aquarium, it also holds records for having one of the world’s largest indoor rain forests, the largest indoor desert and the largest nocturnal exhibit.
Continue your exploration of local history a few blocks north at the Old Market. This historic district is home to specialty shops, bars, art galleries and dozens of restaurants. Travel northwest through the Shopping District on your way to the Love’s Jazz and Arts Center. Stop in to learn about the area’s jazz roots and what the city is doing to carry this musical heritage into the future.
Omaha’s name comes from language of the Native American tribes who lived in the city before its official founding in 1854. The city expanded quickly over the next 150 years as the Lone Tree Ferry, railway and stockyards were established. Today, you’ll find a diverse population and a multicultural atmosphere with deep-seated roots and traditions.