In the early years, Omaha was a place where anyone and everyone could go to fulfill their own version of the American dream. This Nebraska city, named after a Native American tribe, maintains that philosophy today, melding Midwestern values with progressive idealism.
Omaha homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $222,000. Hot spots include such idyllic neighborhoods as Old Market, Dundee, La Vista and Papillion, among many others.
Coined the “Gateway to the West” and situated on the bank of the Missouri River, Omaha offers a continental climate, where cold, ski-friendly winter months give way to pleasantly warm summers.
Newcomers to Omaha will find no shortage of activities to explore. The downtown and riverfront areas have experienced tremendous growth and revitalization in recent years, including construction of the cable-stayed Bob Kerrey Bridge, a pedestrian experience that is one of the longest of its kind ever made. The city is also home to the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, which features more than 900 species, as well as fascinating underground caves. People looking to explore the charms and challenges of yesteryear will enjoy stepping back in time at the Mormon Trail Center, as well as the authentic train cars at The Durham Museum. Boys Town, an orphanage turned self-sustaining city, offers yet another view of past-meets-present on its expansive campus.
Outdoor enthusiasts are likely to love the 100-plus acres of beauty at Lauritzen Gardens, and those especially adventurous types should definitely check out one of the country’s longest ziplines at Zipline Omaha. Those looking for extra culture and education can visit any of the area museums, including the SAC Aerospace Museum, El Museo Latino and the Joslyn Art Museum. Those with a hankering for a little good-natured fun should head over to any of the area’s three casinos, or Horsemen’s Park for horse racing.
Of course, no time in Omaha would be complete without at least one trip to see the NCAA Men’s College World Series baseball tournament in action, held in June every year. If football’s more your speed, cheer on the Omaha Beef, the country’s longest running indoor football team. Then, treat yourself to a Reuben sandwich, which some sources claim was first served in the Blackstone Hotel, an Omaha landmark.