Omaha Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Omaha Trip Guide

Nebraska’s biggest city touts storied steaks, great music and impressive museums.
Hotel Deco XV.
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What to do

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Exhibition artists showcase work in an Old Market warehouse. Free. (402) 341-7130;

Durham Museum A gorgeous train station houses the impressive Durham Museum as well as a soda fountain. (402) 444-5071;

El Museo Latino Engaging art exhibits draw people to the 24th Street Latino district, where restaurants serve authentic Mexican dishes. (402) 731-1137;

Joslyn Art Museum One of  the nation’s finest examples of Art Deco architecture houses a huge collection, including a great Western art display. (402) 342-3300;

Lauritzen Gardens Two miles of paths wind through formal gardens, a garden with model railroads and an arboretum along the Missouri River Valley south of downtown. (402) 346-4002;

Old Market The 12-square-block revived warehouse district is a model for successful urban renewal. Covered sidewalks add historical charm to shops, galleries, restaurants and a popular brewpub.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Look for the spectacular Desert Dome along Interstate-80. Other highlights include more than 1,200 species, an aquarium, an Imax theater and the Skyfari, an open-air chairlift that takes you from one end of the zoo to the other. (402) 733-8401;

TD Ameritrade Park Omaha The NCAA Men’s College World Series in June draws fans to this new open-air stadium along the Missouri River. Game tickets go fast; plan ahead. (402) 554-4404;

Where to eat

Dario’s Brasserie Think Cheers with a French accent. The friendly waitstaff serves Trappist monk ales, quiches, crepes and mussels. (402) 933-0799;

The Flatiron Cafe An upscale downtown favorite with innovative American cuisine, such as morel-crusted beef tenderloin. (402) 344-3040;

Gorat’s Steakhouse Hometown billionaire Warren Buffett favors this classic spot that serves tender steaks and seafood in an old-school, family-friendly setting. (402) 551-3733;

Grey Plume An ever-evolving organic menu celebrates ingredients from Nebraska farms, such as a bison burger oozing with juicy flavor. Recycled wood floors and tabletops add warmth to the contemporary setting. (402) 763-4447;

HIRO 88 Patrons come to this hip Old Market restaurant for the sushi, but the Japanese and Chinese entrees are delicious as well. Try the mild peanut butter chicken. (402) 933-5168;

Johnny's Cafe The Kawa family ages its own beef. Omaha’s iconic steak house has been located in South Omaha since 1922. (402) 731-4774;

M’s Pub Dishes such as an Armenian lavosh bread with Thai chicken keep the largely American menu interesting at this Old Market spot. (402) 342-2550;

Zio’s Pizzeria There are three around town, but the Zio’s Old Market location is convenient for downtown visitors. Mix and match 40 toppings to create a slice of pizza perfection. (402) 344-2222;

Where to stay

Element Omaha Midtown Crossing Opened in November 2010, the Westin hotel is sleek, family-friendly, affordable, and not far from the zoo and shopping. (402) 614-8080;

Hotel Deco XV The 89 rooms in this restored 1930s building blend Art Deco elements with sleek neoclassical touches in a silver, black and white palette. Located across from the Orpheum Theater, Hotel Deco XV has a retro-hip vibe. (866) 475-3326;

Magnolia Near the Old Market, the historical hotel’s lobby bar offers free milk and cookies at night. (888) 915-1110;

Regency Lodge A woodsy decorating theme, complete with great lobby fireplace, makes a nice alternative to the chains. Breakfast included. (402) 397-8000;

More information: Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau  (866) 937-6624;

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