I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Virgin Atlantic to share the inside scoop on my hometown! I have traveled and lived all over the United States, which has helped me appreciate the special things about Omaha, Nebraska. To me, travel can be an art form; two different people could experience the same city in completely opposite ways and still have a blast. Virgin Atlantic likes to share the heart of a destination…the special ingredients that make a city truly unique. Look beyond popular tourist sites and ask a local or (depending on the city) get lost! Omaha is nothing like what most would imagine and I’m so excited to share what I love most about it. Here is a preview of my Beginner’s Guide to Omaha for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Follow the link at the bottom to read the rest.
Settled along the Missouri River in 1854, Omaha’s history can be described with a series of pioneering and Native American tales. The riverfront skyline and population continue to grow with mass appeal as the city is consistently ranked among the best in the country for jobs and raising a family. With more than a million living within 50 miles of the city centre, this charming place boasts big city amenities and small town hospitality. Take a look at our Omaha guide for the top places to visit on your next trip to Nebraska.
The artistic Bob Kerrey Bridge, modern CenturyLink Center and towering First-National Building are just a few of the eye catching monuments adding to Omaha’s diverse skyline. Visitors flying into Eppley Airfield will love the views of the historic Old Market district, sharing waterfront real estate with Iowa’s beautiful bluffs.
Omaha’s Old Market is a designated historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the original warehouses, built around the time of the city’s inception, now function as trendy lofts or business offices. Because of its central location, Omaha was named “The Gateway to the West” and has been a bustling hub for transporting goods for generations.
If there are three things Omaha does right, it’s business, food and entertainment. Famous for big name billionaires and baseball dreams, Omaha welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world to enjoy a bit of “The Good Life” in the American Heartland. Whether you’re visiting one of the many Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, taking your family to the College World Series, or exploring one of the nationally ranked restaurants, you can expect great hospitality and an easy-going atmosphere.
For a truly unique experience, jump-start your visit by booking a room in one of Omaha’s beautiful boutique hotels. The Magnolia and Hotel Deco XV are located blocks from each other in the Old Market district, offering comfort and luxury within two of the city’s divine landmark buildings. For modern flare in Midtown, stay at the eco-friendly Element Hotel on 33rd and Dodge streets.
Planning an itinerary is simplified when you know which neighbourhood you’re going to. The six areas to know, in order from east to west, are the Old Market, Midtown, Dundee, Benson, Aksarben and West Omaha. Visitors will find the city becomes increasingly suburban as they venture west, though there is always something new to experience around every corner.
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