History Buff – Itinerary
You have an affinity for the past, and Omaha is ready with museums, attractions and restaurants that showcase the area’s history along with nationally-recognized collections of everything from artwork to aircraft. Prepare to get your history on in Omaha.
Day 1 - Arrival
Dinner at Gorat’s
One of Omaha’s most storied steakhouses is Gorat’s, where billionaire Warren Buffett orders a 22 oz. Omaha T-bone with two sides of crispy hash browns, and a Coca-Cola. On your way out, leave your mark with a peg on their world map.
Breakfast at Harold’s
Omaha’s historic Florence neighborhood boasts more historical markers per one square mile than anywhere else in Nebraska. While there, enjoy classic eats at Harold’s Koffee House, an established diner outfitted in booths and stools in that retro ‘50s teal hue.
Visit Malcolm X’s Birth Site
Civil Rights leader Malcolm X was born in Omaha in 1925 and 17 acres near his birth site include a visitor center, community garden, greenhouse, plaza, and historical marker.
Step Back in Time at The Durham Museum
Omaha’s former Union Station, a National Historic Landmark, is filled with a vast array of permanent exhibits highlighting the region’s history and a broad range of traveling exhibitions. For an indulgent snack, hit up the Durham’s old-fashioned soda fountain.
View Exhibits at El Museo
Head to historic South Omaha and visit the Midwest’s first Latino art and history museum El Museo Latino, an intimate art and cultural gallery.
Dinner in South Omaha
South Omaha offers a glimpse of a variety of cultures at every turn. Spots with great food and drinks and weekend mariachi groups include Howard’s Charro (Tex-Mex style food) and Isla de Mar (seafood-heavy menu).
Breakfast at Shirley’s Diner
Shirley’s Diner’s first iteration was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The nostalgic ‘50s décor lives on and its menu still offers hefty helpings of comfort food favorites like chicken fried steak and buttermilk pancakes
Explore the SAC & Aerospace Museum
Smithsonian affiliate Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is home to the nation’s largest collection of Cold War aircraft and artifacts.
Head to Boys Town
World-famous Boys Town, a National Historic Landmark District, is home to chapels, statues and gardens, the Hall of History museum, its founder Father Flanagan’s House, and the visitors center – home to the world’s largest ball of stamps.
Dinner at Dinker’s
Dinker’s has been a burger-slingin’ Omaha tradition for 60 years. Try the popular Haystack: a patty topped with American cheese, honey smoked ham and a fried egg.
Nightcap at Homy Inn
Toast with friends at Homy Inn, an Omaha nightlife institution of over 65 years where the champagne’s on tap.
Day 4 – Departure
From the General Crook House Museum to the Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters, there’s plenty more history to experience in Omaha. Head to VisitOmaha.com for more ideas.