48 Hours in Omaha, Nebraska Itinerary

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Omaha, like the rest of Nebraska, is both approachable and friendly. It isn’t uncommon to see two cars parked in the middle of the road chatting or people saying “hi“ just because. Seated along the Missouri River at the Nebraska-Iowa border, Omaha is more than just dirt roads and tractors. While it’s true that agriculture and farming are a large socio-economic component to the state as a whole, Omaha is surprisingly trendy and has a continually growing creative scene.

Give this vastly underrated city a try, and let me start you off with this 48 hour guide to Omaha!


WHERE TO STAY

Magnolia Hotel Omaha - An upscale hotel in a 1920’s building in downtown Omaha, roughly .8miles from the Old Market.

Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown - A laid-back hotel which offers kitchenettes in most rooms for longer stays


DAY 1

Start your morning off with a delectable baked good at Culprit Café & Bakery in downtown. Either indulge in an oversized scone or the tasty Challah French Toast from the breakfast menu. Make a pit stop at Oma’s Deli for a simply delicious sandwich before heading off to The Henry Doorly Zoo. Consistently voted one of the best zoo’s in the world, you don’t want to miss a second of this sprawling 160 acre zooscape. (Trust us, it’ll take an entire day and you still won’t see everything.)

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Alternative Plans: Not interested in seeing the zoo this time around? Head to The Durham Museum, located in Omaha’s Union Station. Affiliated with the Smithsonian, the Durham Museum, not only offers an in depth look at the regional history, but offers a range of traveling exhibits from history and culture to science and industry. Once you’ve had your fun at the Durham Museum, head over for a picnic lunch at Kenefick Park, Be sure to take the tram to the Lauritzen Gardens and walk through the gorgeous greenhouses.

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Wind your evening down by taking a stroll through the brick streets of Old Market. Take in century old buildings and peruse the specialty shops for the perfect souvenir before stepping into La Mesa. An inexpensive, good quality Mexican Restaurant. OR if you’re traveling as a couple and are interested in an intimate yet casual date experience, give La Buvette a shot.


DAY 2

Start your last day in Omaha by watching the sunrise either during a sunrise hike at Fontanelle Park or along the Lewis & Clark Landing Center before treating yourself to a hearty breakfast at Early Bird Brunch. Take a day trip to either Lincoln (read my guide here) or Ashland. In Ashland, you can either head to the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum or to the Wildlife Safari. In the summer, pack a picnic and take a dip at Mahoney State Park. In the fall, once you’ve had your fill of plane history stop at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch (It’s great, trust me.) End your Nebraska adventure with some good ‘ole American styled cooking at Jackson Street Tavern. A casual eatery with a worldly touch.

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THINGS TO DO:

  • Joslyn Art Museum

  • Joslyn Castle

  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

  • Omaha Children’s Museum

  • Heartland of America Park

  • Lake Manawa

  • Union Pacific Railroad Museum

  • Dodge-House Historic General

  • Pioneer Courage Park


HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO OMAHA? WHAT ARE A FEW THINGS YOU’VE DONE & ENJOYED?

LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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