Explore Midwest Arboretums and Botanical Gardens
Nebraska: Lauritzen Gardens
Two miles of paths wind through formal gardens, a wildflower meadow and an arboretum with wild turkeys at Lauritzen Gardens, along the Missouri River Valley south of downtown Omaha. Tour more than a dozen gardens, including an herb garden, children's garden and rose garden. Tram tours are available.
There's something beautiful to see here every season of the year; one of our favorite annual events is the Poinsettia Show, which starts in late November and runs through early January. Thousands of poinsettias -- in shades of red, pink, white and variegations -- flare against indoor gardens' tropical foliage.