|Destination Airport IATA Code||OMA|
|Destination City Name||Omaha|
On the banks of the Missouri in eastern Nebraska lies the city of Omaha. This may be farming country but modern Omaha is a business hub and home to companies including First National Bank, Kiewit Corporation and mega-conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, run by local investor Warren Buffet – ’the sage of Omaha’.
The city is famed for its steaks and its art and music scenes are thriving. There are lots of museums to visit and outdoor activities including riverside bike trails and out-of-town hiking routes.
Omaha’s weather can be extreme, with freezing winters, and storms and even tornados during the summer. Peak season runs from May to September when the days are warm and generally sunny. In June the city hosts NCAA World Series, the Omaha Summer Arts Festival and Taste of Omaha food festival. In August the city celebrates its musical heritage with the Omaha Blues, Jazz and Gospel Festival.
The city is less busy during spring and fall, and the weather is mild and less extreme. There is still plenty to do, with events including the River City Roundup rodeo in September.
Halloween sees ‘Haunted houses’ open up around the city and holiday lights brighten up the winter months. There are cheap flights to Omaha over the winter but you will need to wrap up warm – from December to February the average temperature remains below freezing.
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Eppley Airfield (OMA) is just three miles northeast of downtown Omaha and has flights to more than 30 destinations around the US. It handles 4.5 million passengers a year. The land on which the airport sits once lay to the east of the Missouri in Iowa. But the river changed course after a flood in the 1870s and the land became part of Nebraska.
The airport has two food courts, ATM’s and limited shopping facilities. There are public buses that head downtown and North Omaha, but the service does not run all day. There are also shuttles into Omaha and beyond, and a taxi to downtown should cost around $12.
Car rental facilities are in the ground transportation area in the central terminal.
Airlines that fly from US cities to Omaha include:
Shuttle buses from Eppley Field Airport run to Omaha and head to Lincoln and Sioux Falls. Amtrak trains connect Omaha to Chicago in the east and Denver, Salt Lake City and California to the west.
Omaha Metro runs buses around the city or you can take a taxi, although they must be booked in advance unless you are at the airport, train or bus station.
You can explore Omaha’s cycle network on electric bikes, which can be hired on weekends over the summer.
Renting a car is a good way to get around the city and explore the surrounding area. The city has good parking and is easy to navigate.
The Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the best in the world. It has the world’s largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rainforest area in North America. There are thousands of animals here and it is easy to spend a day exploring.
Set in the art deco Union Station train depot, the stunning Durham Western Heritage Museum tells the story of Omaha from the days of the Old West.
Walk along the redeveloped riverfront and visit the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center. The explorers landed in Omaha in 1804 on their expedition across the continent.
Tornado warning sirens are located throughout the city. They are tested on the first Wednesday of the month.
Don’t leave Omaha without trying a local steak. The city is famed for the quality of its beef and there are steak houses everywhere.
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