Middle America’s Jewel: Omaha, NE
Somewhere in Middle America sits Omaha, Nebraska. Originally the “Gateway to the West,” Omaha grew as one of the nation’s largest transportation hubs and stockyards. Today, it’s the home to many Fortune 500 companies like Berkshire Hathaway, Kiewit Corporation, Mutual of Omaha and Union Pacific Corporation.
While Omaha has many places for you to stay, Hotel RL, Omaha’s newest boutique hotel, is the most unique of its kind. Resting in the heart of the city, Hotel RL Omaha offers complimentary bikes, artesian coffee from Victrola Coffee Roasters, communal game tables, an indoor water park and The Living Stage – where we showcase locals that have a passion for what they do. Check out Oh My! Omaha’s recent stay.
Whether you’re here for work or play, you’d be surprised at all the amazing things happening in this great, untapped city. Here are some of our favorite suggestions to see, taste and discover:
Food + Drink
This Midwest gem is separated from Iowa by the Missouri River and is home to the first-ever Reuben sandwich. Not only does this city have a great farm-to-table food scene, but people from the Big O love their craft beer and wine, too!
Crescent Moon Ale House – 36th & Farnam
Home to Omaha’s favorite Reuben sandwich, The Blackstone Reuben, this place does not disappoint. The Crescent Moon houses a large menu of pub favorites – apps, burgers, melts, salads and wraps, plus has over 60 beers on draft.
Mercury – 329 South 16th Street
Although the food menu is small, it is mighty. Mercury offers bites like butter poached shrimp, mushrooms thermidor, and three styles of baked empanadas. The back half of the menu is covered in their house specialty, craft cocktails. Try the Zombie Mountain or the West End Girl.
Wilson & Washburn – 1407 Harney Street
Located in a restored 19th century building, Wilson & Washburn is a local favorite. Sporting 24 craft and import beers on draft and a menu packed with comfort foods like mac & cheese, fish & chips and smoked brisket, it’s easy to see why people are raving. Try the scotch egg or the beet burger! A special brunch menu is available on Saturday and Sunday.
The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is ranked as one of the top zoos in the world. It could take days to visit every exhibit in this facility. Not only are the animals a sight to see, but the zoo itself is an architectural wonder. In 2002, The Desert Dome, the world’s largest indoor desert, opened under the largest geodesic dome of its kind. A must see when visiting Omaha!
Walking and biking trails line the city with over 85 miles worth of paths, fittingly called The Paths of Discovery. Locals and visitors alike flock outdoors to enjoy the scenery. Whether you’re walking on the riverfront, the “Bob”, or boating on one of the five nearby lakes, it’s clear that Omaha is special. It’s especially known for bird watching. Check out many species of bird during their peak migratory season in the spring and fall.
Finally, as mentioned earlier, Omaha natives love their beer. Grab an Explorers Journal from the Omaha Tourism Site and discover nine local craft breweries to sample free beer. At the end of our tour – stop by the Omaha Visitors Center for a souvenir pint glass to commemorate your visit.
Annual Omaha Events: