Omaha, Nebraska is the largest city in the state with a population of 427,872. The city has a very successful business community with five of the many thriving businesses being Fortune 500 companies. It is also home to some amazing tourist attractions. While here, you absolutely must visit the largest geodesic dome in the world which is right beside the world’s largest indoor rainforest.
Some of the many other great nature-based attractions in the city include the Lauritzen Gardens, and Joslyn Art Museum. Here, you can visit the famed and historic Old Market and enjoy its world-class rainforest at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The city also has some amazing museums. Don’t skip The Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, or the Mormon Trail Center. The city is home to the world-famous and historic Boys Town with its huge campus, chapel and museum.
The huge city had fairly modest beginnings. It was first founded in 1854 by several speculators. The city was built right beside a convenient crossing place in the Missouri River, which gave the city its nickname, “Gateway to the West.”It quickly grew in the years following. By 1898, it was so large that it was host to the World’s Fair that year. By the first few decades of the 20th century, it has some of the largest company in many an industry in the world. In the 1950s the building of more highways and new housing projects encouraged many middle class families to move out the suburbs of the city. With this mass exit, downtown became mostly deserted of inhabitants and fell into some disrepair and neglect. This has changed in recent years with the upturn in the city’s business community and the desire of its citizens to revitalize their city.
Other than still remaining a mover and shaker in the world business marketplace, it is also known internationally as a cultural hotspot. Besides those attractions already mentioned, there is the Latino art and history museum, El Museo Latino, and Love’s Jazz and Art Center. The Greater Omaha area, which is considered to be everything within a 50-mile radius of downtown, contains almost 1.3 million residents.