Omaha Off The Beaten Path

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    The Country Roads

    by bocmaxima Updated May 6, 2011

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    Later Midwest settlements like Nebraska are all about straight lines. These lines divide counties, cities, make up city street grids, and align the states themselves. Once outside of the cities though, the lines continue in the form of rural roads.
    These rural roads are numbered just as a numbered street system is. For instance, 649 Road is the 64900 block. Seriously. These roads are mostly gravel and run in straight lines until they meet another road. When it meets that other road, the road will either deteriorate (indicated by the sign "Minimum Maintenance Road") or will continue on in its current condition. Because of the rigidity of these lines though, it's actually fairly difficult to get completely and hopelessly lost in rural Nebraska.
    I've spent a lot of time on these roads and feel very comfortable with them. They provide access to farms mostly, but can be used as short-cuts sometimes, or just for a scenic drive. Any car can drive on them. But, most importantly, they're really beautiful. The main highways tend to follow the flatter plains, so these rural roads ascend and cris-cross the hills, dividing the land as the go.
    To really get to the really rural areas, you'll have to go at least 15 miles out of Omaha. North is the best way to go, as that's where the development drops off the quickest. West is the worst for the opposite reason. But all you have to do is, with a little confidence, turn off on a random road and just see where it takes you.
    The best time to do this is in the late afternoon, so that you'll catch the shadows that the rolling hills make and be able to see a really glorious sunset from start to finish.

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    Durham Western Heritage Museum

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011
    The Durham Western Heritage Museum

    Western Heritage Society
    801 S 10th St
    Omaha, Nebraska 68108-3205

    Housed in an old railroad station, this museum provides a great deal of historical information concerning Omaha--especially about the railroads. It's a short walking distance from downtown and the Old Market.

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    Loess Hills

    by Toughluck Written Sep 14, 2007

    In many ways this is as much or more Iowa, i.e., Council Bluffs. Since I spend my time in Omaha, I place it here instead. The Loess Hills are the results of the Continental Glaciers. {I'll have to link some tips - which I need to write - about seeing the glaciers results.} These massive glaciers moved down from the north, pushing and grinding the rocks and soils into a fine powder, called loess. When the glacier(s) started to melt, these fine soils were released along the southern margin, i.e., the Missouri River and they were carried by wind and water southward, much of it to cover Nebraska and Iowa. Along the Missouri River, water sculpted it into hills and valleys, which are now a unique area to travel. Terraced farms, high bluffs, blue water, sheltered coves all await the curious traveler.

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    Coming in from Iowa, down I-680 to I29

    by Toughluck Written Aug 22, 2007
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    Usually, I take I-80 directly (well as direct as the roads out here are) into Omaha, through Council Bluffs, southside. This time, we to I-680 to the Missouri River from I-80, while still 20-30 miles (32-48 km) out of town. There is an overlook on the westbound lanes that look down into the Missouri River Valley and across Nebraska. I expected to see the River, but here, it is on the far side of the valley. The skyline of Omaha was visible and a change of pace.

    I don't think I'd go out of my way to get here, but if it's a choice of I-80 to Council Bluffs, or taking I-680 to I-29 to Council Bluffs/Omaha, Take the later. On a nice day, the break in driving is welcome and the view worth the stop.

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    Holy Family Shrine

    by Toughluck Updated Aug 22, 2007

    The story of the Holy Family Shrine begins with the intervention of the Holy Spirit within a few people. These people are of diverse backgrounds with little chance to meet until the Holy Spirit united them spiritually with an idea of the Holy Family Shrine. Through a unique and divine series of events, these people discovered they had been enlightened to the same idea. This idea was to create a place off of Interstate 80 for travelers to pray and discover the Catholic faith. These travelers would not only be of the road, but of a spiritual voyage on earth.

    The shrine is a place intended to bring Roman Catholics back to the Church and to bring others to the Church. We found it a comforting place that brought peace and comfort. The various Roman Catholic images, i.e., crucifix, while uncomfortable, did not get in the way of this non-catholic from being at peace. I recommend a visit to any person of faith, regardless of which faith or demonination you have chosen. See my Holy Family Shrine travelogue for more pictures.

    Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Sunday 12:00am to 5:00pm

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  • Other things to check out

    by kingbk Written May 10, 2007

    If you find yourself scratching your head and saying, "what do I do now?", here are some options:

    1. Durham Western Heritage Museum: Close to the downtown area, this museum talks about the importance of the railroad in Nebraska.

    2. Joslyn Art Museum: Not a bad art museum to go through.

    3. Heartland of America Park/Gene Leahy Mall: This man-made lake and creek have some nice areas to walk around in. Also included are the big slides and gondola rides. The General Marion, the boat that used to go on there, I used to work for. The fountain at night changes many different colors.

    4. Regency: If you like higher-class, unique shopping, this is the place to check out.

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    THE REGENCY COURT SHOPPING MALL

    by Rich62 Written Sep 4, 2006
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    THE REASON I SAY THIS IS "OFF THE BEATEN PATH" is that this is a smaller, upscale mall that is sort of hidden away and not known by many tourists who are in town. In fact, the giant Westroads Mall is just across Dodge Street from Regency, and Westroads is where you will find most visitors.

    Just south of Westroads Mall on Dodge Street is a "Regency" exit. Take it to the south and you will quickly see the Regency Mall on your right.

    I don't remember all the stores in the Regency except there is a Williams Sonoma. And, best of all, there is a "Scooters" cappaccino store right in the middle of the lobby. (Scooters makes the smoothest Hazelnut Lattes we have ever tasted.)

    FIVE PHOTOS ATTACHED.........

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    Bellevue

    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 13, 2005
    Bellevue's bridge

    The name "Bellevue" came from an early French explorer; it refers to "la belle vue", or the lovely vistas overlooking the Missouri River. This is a small town, now a suburb of Omaha, whose southern side flanks Offutt Air Force Base.

    There is not a lot here, but the town has a few nice parks (notably Fontenelle Forest), and you can take a boat ride on the Missouri.

    The city government is at this address:

    210 West Mission Avenue
    Bellevue, Nebraska 68005

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  • Omaha is chock-full of bizarre...

    by miruka Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Omaha is chock-full of bizarre goodness. There are an insane number of Greek and Thai restaurants. Go to them. As many as possible. You won't be disappointed... Also visit Ahmad's persian restaurant in the old market. It's a tiny little hole in the wall, but the best Iranian food anywhere.

    If you are in the mood to shop, visit one of the Elan Furniture stores, a modern furnishings panacea. Also consider visiting Aki Oriental, on 84th St, south of I-80, or one of the other Asian markets.

    If you are a golfer, visit one of the year-round, climate controlled indoor driving ranges. They look a bit like enormous beached jellyfishes fron a distance. (Chili Greens is the best) For video games, visit Family Fun Center, a disturbing large Video Arcade (purportedly the largest in the Midwest), and play pretty much any video game ever created. (Or in my case, just play Dance Dance Revolution -- which ever latest mix they have managed to snag from the bowels of Japan, until you fall over dead from exhaustion)

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  • Lake Zorinsky- Omaha has a...

    by kmifflin Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Lake Zorinsky- Omaha has a decent amount of paved/gravel hiking/biking/walking trails. This one can be either 2 or 7 miles long depending on your mood. The scenery and the lake is a nice change for Omaha.

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  • The Biggest Ball of Stamps in...

    by kmifflin Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Biggest Ball of Stamps in the World-
    At the Post office in Boys town. I've never been there, but hey, it's the biggest in the world!!

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