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Location: Omaha, United States, North America

Best time to visit: summer/fall


What to do and what to see:

Omaha, Nebraska is called “The Gateway to the West.” Located in the Midwestern United States on the shores of the Missouri River, there are plenty of attractions to keep travelers busy and entertained. Take a ride on a gondola, or hop aboard the General Marion for water tours through the Heartland of America Park and enjoy great skyline views from the river. The city is home to dozens of local theatres, parks, shrines, art galleries, gardens and museums, including The Strategic Air & Space Museum. Other sites on many tourists’ must-see lists include the famed Boystown national historic landmark, the Durham Museum housed in an ornate decommissioned train station, and the hands-on Omaha Children’s Museum. Kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy a visit to the Henry Doorly Zoo. This top quality zoo includes an IMAX theater, polar bear pools, a walk-through aquarium and a free-flight aviary, along with housing North America’s largest big-cat complex. When it’s time to dine, pick one of many restaurants located in historic Old Market, an area of the city also known for its excellent shopping. When its time to shop for jewelry, enthusiasts should head over to Borsheim’s, the largest independent jewelry store in the US owned by money-man Warren Buffett himself. Speaking of money, Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino offers 25,000 square feet of high quality gambling facilities located inside a riverboat. And if you prefer the outdoors, Omaha offers fishing and boating at several local lakes, more than a dozen golf courses, and facilities for tennis, ice skating and skateboarding. The 3000-foot Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge downtown is also a top tourist destination, the longest pedestrian cable-stay design bridge linking two states. Plan to visit Omaha in the summer or fall, and ample sightseeing opportunities will await you in this down-to-earth, friendly city.

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