Not too long ago, Omaha might have been characterized as a quaint but overall unexciting town smack dab in the middle of the United States. Fast forward to 2016 and pair a bustling arts and entertainment scene with one of America’s 50 fastest growing cities. Today’s Omaha has experienced quite the change. One thing the newly brimming Omaha still retains from its Midwestern roots is that its spaciousness makes it very much a driving city. So, hop into your rental car after your land at Eppley Airfield, and give yourself time to check out all Omaha can offer on your schedule.
Start your journey by heading about 10 miles south from Eppley Airfield to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Honored by TripAdvisor as the world’s best zoo as recently as 2014, the Henry Doorly Zoo has been serving residents of Omaha and beyond for 120 years. The Zoo is known for its uniquely curated exhibits such as the famous Desert Dome, where you can check out wallabies, meerkats, ocelots, and even one of just thirteen white alligators in the world.
Next, venture to Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District for the most complete immersion into Omaha’s arts and culture scene. The city is six years into a 30-year plan to revitalize Downtown Omaha, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the Old Market, which is overflowing with enough coffee shops, art galleries, jazz clubs, and shopping options to last days.
Make sure to check out the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha’s free-admission fine arts museum in the heart of Old Market featuring works by El Greco, Titian, and Renoir, among others. Finally, end your day by checking out another Omaha signature offering: steak. Old Market is conveniently home to one of Omaha’s most revered steakhouse, 801 Chophouse at the Paxton. Serving Omaha for over 20 years, 801 Chophouse has all the classic cuts as well as some signature Midwestern fare including lobster corn dogs and pancetta-wrapped scallops.
In case you are looking for a picturesque jogging spot before you head out, make sure you do not miss a chance to run the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge. This 3,000-foot cabled bridge connecting Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa gives runners and walkers alike gorgeous views of the flowing Missouri River, and is even lighted at night for that post-steak dinner workout.
Whether it is a family vacation, an extra day tacked on to a business trip, or anything in between, We can make sure you rent the right car to make the most of your stay in Omaha. At Orbitz, we have the widest range of classes and sizes, so regardless of how many different attractions are on your check list, we can perfectly suit your car rental needs.