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You're Going to Love Omaha

Omaha may be in central Nebraska, but that doesn't mean it's an isolated outpost that's only interested in agriculture. In fact, this city of over 400,000 people is a gourmet dining, family entertainment and music center to match almost anywhere else in the USA.

If all you want is a sporting spectacle, be in Omaha in June for the NCAA Baseball World Series. Or head over for Taste of Omaha, when artisan food producers from all over Nebraska seek to wow the taste buds of thousands of food lovers.

Any time of year, steak restaurants like Gorat's will redefine what you think a good steak should taste like. Indie venues like Slowdown host the latest bands all year-round, while the vintage stores and boutiques of the Old Market offer a cornucopia of items to satisfy any fashionista or bargain hunter.

When you couple all of that with family attractions like Omaha Zoo, it's not so hard to understand why Omaha is becoming such a popular getaway destination, and you can join the flow by booking a trip today.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Omaha

What to do in Omaha

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
The Durham Museum
Joslyn Art Museum
First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park
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When to Visit Omaha

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Omaha has a fairly extreme climate, with blazing hot summers and bitter winters, which makes the shoulder seasons easily the most attractive times to visit. Between April and June, the city is warm and welcoming (but June offers more attractions with the NCAA World Series and Taste of Omaha). Halloween is another great time to go. The city opens a number of "haunted houses", there are seasonal attractions at Vala's Pumpkin Patch and family fun at the Carnival of Terror.

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How to Get to Omaha

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Where to Stay in Omaha

Central Omaha is the best neighborhood to base yourself, and there are plenty of comfortable family hotels in the area. Some of the most popular include the Hilton Omaha on Cass Street, the Magnolia Hotel and the Holiday Inn, all of which are close to city center shopping and attractions. Alternatives include the Comfort Inn at the Zoo, which is handy for one of the city's leading attractions, and B&Bs like the Cornerstone Mansion in southern Omaha, which provides high-quality accommodation in an elegant 1890s property.

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Shopping Streets

There's no shortage of places to shop in Omaha, with everything from mega-malls to exclusive boutiques. At the highest end of the scale, jewelry fans should definitely visit Borsheim's. Owned by famous investor Warren Buffet, it has a massive catalog of pieces that will take your breath away. For general shopping, Crossroads Mall features stores like Sears and Target while Oak View Mall is the place to head for apparel, with J.C. Penney and Kohls outlets in the complex. Another charming upscale location is the Old Market, where you can dine at small restaurants and shop at small-scale independent stores like Flying Worm Vintage and the Imaginarium.

Groceries and Other

Omaha is an easy place for self-catering visitors to find the groceries they need. Independent grocery stores are all over town, including Patricks Market on Howard and Jacobo's Deli which specializes in Mexican products. There are also standard supermarkets in most neighborhoods, including Walmart and Baker's. Prices are usually very affordable, with a gallon of milk costing $3 and a pound of apples $1.75.

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Where to Eat in Omaha

Omaha is a superb dining city and many of the best establishments center their menus around Nebraska's exceptional corn-fed beef. The best steaks in town are to be found at Gorat's Steak House, but book ahead as tables are in demand. The ribeye from Spencer's for Steaks and Chops is another local legend, while there are also great Italian restaurants like Piccolo Pete's, Japanese options like Hiro Sushi and exotic alternatives like Ahmad's Persian Cuisine. So take your pick, Omaha's got it covered. Expect to pay less than $20 for a high-quality meal and $30 or more for the finest steaks at places like Gorat's.

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