Attractions

Top Choice Arts Center in Omaha

Hot Shops Art Center

Entering into this three-story arts center (a former mattress warehouse) is like diving down the rabbit hole into an alternative universe ruled by eccentric artists. The namesake 'hot shops' are the glassblowing, po…
Top Choice Park in Nebraska Panhandle

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Scotts Bluff has been a beacon to travelers for centuries. Rising 800ft above the flat plains of western Nebraska, it was an important waypoint on the Oregon Trail in the mid-19th century. You can still see wagon ru…
Top Choice Museum in Omaha

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Just across the river from Omaha in the cute little downtown area of Council Bluffs, IA, this highly interactive museum tells the story of the world's most profitable railroad and the company that rammed the transco…
Top Choice Museum in Kearney

Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

Arching unexpectedly over I-80 east of Kearney, the multimedia light-and-sound exhibits here tell colorful tales about the people who've passed this way, from those riding wagon trains to those zipping down the inte…
Top Choice Zoo in Omaha

Henry Doorly Zoo

The world's largest indoor desert? Check. The world's largest nocturnal exhibit? Check. America's largest indoor rainforest? Check. The superlatives say it all. You could easily spend an entire day wandering through…
Top Choice Monument in Nebraska Panhandle

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Some 20 million years ago, this part of Nebraska was like the Serengeti in Africa today: a gathering place for a rich variety of creatures. Today the bones of thousands of these ancient mammals are found at this iso…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Grand Island

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

Upstream of Grand Island, the Platte hosts 500,000 sandhill cranes (80% of the world population) and millions more waterfowl during the spring migration (mid-February to early April). Expert guides lead seasonal San…
Top Choice Museum in Grand Island

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

A remarkable combination of museum exhibits with a vast outdoor living museum. Note how conditions dramatically improved from the homes in 1860 to 1890 thanks to riches made possible by the railroad.
Waterfront in Omaha

Riverfront

The riverfront along the Missouri River, downtown, has been massively spiffed up. Highlights include the architecturally stunning Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, which soars over to Iowa; the Heartland of America Park,…
Natural Feature in Nebraska Panhandle

Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Centuries-old bluff formations rise up from the horizon, their striking presence a visual link connecting modern-day travelers with their pioneer forebears. One of these links is Chimney Rock, located inside the Chi…