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48 Hours in Omaha

Monday, August 17, 2020 12:00 PM by The Down Lo

Everything to Eat, See and Do in the Midwest's Most Surprising City

Smack dab in the middle of the country, Omaha is easy to get to from all directions and a great long weekend destination you probably haven’t considered. Here’s what to do once you’re there.

When Molly at Fontenelle Forest excitedly recommended we explore a forest hidden gem, we headed east.

On the other side of 19 miles of trails and 1,400 acres of land are the wetlands, where a triangle of trails takes visitors “in the know” on a unique journey.

A quarter-mile long boardwalk leads to a double-decker observation blind overlooking a sprawling marsh. We crossed a former dumping ground on a path ingrained with centuries-old brick and earthenware. We crossed a bridge ingeniously made of a downed cottonwood tree, completing our trek

While at The Durham Museum, a National Historic Landmark, I had a question.

“Where is Truman’s press car?” I asked Dick, a volunteer. His face lit up. The restored 1924 club car, used during President Harry Truman’s 1968 “whistlestop” campaign tour, is his favorite.

We crossed the forward compartment (pictured) to the back dining area, where he recollected waving with his wife from the back platform on a train ride out of Minneapolis in the 1960s. The car was donated to the museum in 1974.

Dick regaled me with more history until I regretfully

Nebraska isn’t just landlocked; it’s actually the only triple-landlocked state in the country. That means that you have to travel through at least three states (or two states and a Canadian province) to reach an ocean. Knowing this, it might seem a little unusual that there’s an impressive naval museum here, including a warship and a submarine.