When you picture an ideal motor home trip, what destinations do you think of? Things like the amazing vistas of the Grand Canyon or the redwoods of Northern California might spring to mind. But what about Nebraska?
Omaha, Nebraska might not get major play as a travel spot, but with its cultured events, vibrant city life, and green space, there’s quite a lot to love. Whether Omaha is a just a stop on your journey or the destination itself, it’s a great place to check out on your adventure.
Get Cultured With Music, Museums, and Theater
You might not think it, but Omaha is a hotbed for cultural institutes relating to all facets of American life. Home to multiple art museums, a space museum, and a museum devoted to the Union Pacific railroad, there’s a lot to learn no matter what your interests. Of note, Omaha also has one of America’s only Latino-focused museums.
If music’s more of your thing, there are quite a few places worth checking out, from big auditoriums that get the major touring acts to small venues that host less-known musicians. And with multiple theaters in Omaha, you can catch any type of show no matter your tastes.
Relax at the Park
With so much to do, you’re bound to wear yourself out. When you get tired of poking around the city, take a rest at any of its number of well-kept parks. At the heart of downtown is the Heartland of America Park, which centers around an idyllic man-made lake with fountains and even boat rides.
Of course, spending some time at the park doesn’t have to be eventless. Throughout the summer, you can find Jazz in the Park at Turner Park, located on the west side of downtown. There’s also Shakespeare on the Green, held at Elmwood Park, near the University of Nebraska Omaha campus, throughout the summer. Both ongoing events are free to the public.
A River Runs Through It
One notable aspect of Omaha’s geography is that the Mississippi River cuts through it. Just east of downtown, the river serves as the border between Nebraska and neighboring state Iowa. On the river, you can find more green space, including Lewis and Clark Landing. If you’re up for a history lesson, the park is full of exhibits that teach visitors about the famous explorers. Otherwise, feel free to take a walk down the riverfront pier.
Motor Home Friendly
Luckily for you, there are a few options for camping with your motorhome just outside Omaha. Closest to downtown is N.P. Dodge Park, which offers you a place to park your motorhome and has trails for biking and walking. Just about as close to downtown is Glenn Cunningham Lake, which offers plenty of activities both in and out of the water. Here, you can go hiking, biking, boating, and even horseback riding.
A little farther from town, in neighboring city Elkhorn, there’s RiverWest Park, situated on the Elkhorn River. Here, you can tube down the river or participate in many of the outdoor events that the park hosts. Finally, about half an hour outside Omaha is the Pine Grove campgrounds, which is centered ideally between Omaha and Lincoln, if you’re interested in checking out that city as well.
Between the attractions of downtown Omaha and the natural features both in the city and surrounding it, there’s a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot to enjoy. You might just find yourself staying longer than expected!