Two-Day Getaway in Omaha
The Old Market is still hoppin', but Omaha's appeal extends beyond its famous district.
One of the nation's finest Art Deco buildings houses Joslyn Museum and its more than 11,000 pieces, including the mammoth Chihuly: Inside and Out.
Chef Dario Schicke blends fresh ingredients with Belgian beer at his namesake Dario's Brasserie in Dundee.
Durham Museum, a restored train station, carries visitors back to the state's railroad days with a soda fountain, old streetcar and passenger train.
Modern design and solid acoustics draw sophisticated patrons to Holland Performing Arts Center for the Omaha Symphony and award-winning entertainers.
The Peregrine Omaha Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton, features peregrine-inspired art in a stylish, recently renovated downtown building.
The 12 square blocks of the Old Market bring the romance of Europe and energy of SoHo to the Midwest.
Two miles of paths wind through formal gardens and an arboretum at Lauritzen Gardens along the Missouri River, while tropical and temperature plants thrive in the 17,500-square-foot conservatory.
Lovers of dives will appreciate Dinker's Bar south of downtown.
El Museo Latino's art and cultural exhibits put the 24th Street Latino district into context.
More than 1,300 species reside at the Henry Doorly Zoo. The Desert Dome, jungle, aquarium and Skyfari (a chairlift above animal enclosures) makes this one of Nebraska's most popular attractions—and one of the world's top zoos.
More information: Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau visitomaha.com
Great Places to Splurge on Dinner
1 Hiro 88 Sushi is the main attraction at this Asian-fusion restaurant in the Old Market. We love the Michigan roll with its tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber and crab. The Chinese entrees are delicious, too. Don't miss the peanut butter chicken.
2 J. Coco In an old Dundee neighborhood grocery store, the chef delights guests with starters of Korean-style tacos and entrees of udon noodles and shiitake mushrooms topped with a crispy duck breast glazed in soy sauce and blood orange juice.
3 Modern Love New York City transplant Isa Moskowitz cranks out comfort food and desserts in this vegan beacon. The Mac and Shews—creamy with cashews—won us over.
4 Plank Seafood Provisions In the Old Market, an oyster bar and the skeleton of a boat hanging from the ceiling inject coastal flair.
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