The Union Pacific Railroad Museum, a train museum in Council Bluffs across from Omaha, Nebraska.

© EQRoy/Shutterstock

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Top choice in Nebraska

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 (it's headquartered in Omaha) and the company that rammed the transcontinental line west from here in the 1860s. The three levels of exhibits offer a nostalgia-filled ode to train travel and how it forever changed America.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Nebraska attractions

1. Lewis and Clark Park

3.15 MILES

Dynamic 19th-century expedition duo Lewis and Clark get their due on the east side of the Missouri River at this hidden gem of a park high up on a bluff…

2. Western Historic Trails Center

3.28 MILES

The long entry drive through open land sets the mood for this museum about the migration west. The modern interactive exhibits give an engaging and…

3. Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

3.71 MILES

This sinuously graceful 3000ft-long bridge links walkways on both sides of the Missouri River. The views are spectacular; at night it's lights are…

4. Lewis & Clark Landing

3.76 MILES

Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark landed here in 1804 on their legendary US expedition looking for a passage to the Pacific Ocean…

5. Lauritzen Gardens

3.78 MILES

Over a dozen elaborate gardens and greenhouses comprise this elegant botanical garden. The wildflower and formal English garden areas are favorites. The…

7. Heartland of America Park

3.87 MILES

Linking Old Market with the waterfront, this 23-acre park features elaborate plantings, a large lake, water features and a landmark 320ft-high fountain.

8. Riverfront

3.91 MILES

The riverfront along the Missouri River celebrates the waterway's past and present. Highlights include the architecturally stunning Bob Kerrey Pedestrian…