Best Places to Live

Omaha, NE

Population: 483,455
Photo: Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau

The world's largest indoor desert, a 3,000-foot-long suspension bridge and the world's largest ball of stamps all inspire awe in Omaha, NE, among many other cool and unusual things.

When it comes to budget-friendly trips, Omaha ranks near the top with more than a dozen free activities, such as the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, the Mormon Trail Center, Boys Town, Heartland of America Park and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. A great place for a family stroll, Old Market's cobblestone streets wind through historic buildings that house shops and restaurants. The local restaurant scene ranges from delicious barbecue to ethnic delights such as Ethiopian, Korean and Indian food, along with plenty of pizza and burger places for those who stick to the basics. Staying in or near one of the city's four entertainment districts allows families to walk to restaurants, shops and many attractions. Spring is a peak season for migratory bird watching in Omaha, and tree-lined walkways and biking trails throughout the city invite people to ditch their cars and enjoy the landscape.

Spring Temperature Range:

High: 64, Low: 28

Must-Do Activities and Attractions:

Walk the Keystone Trail

Take a dip at CoCo Key Water Resort

Explore the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (which includes the Desert Dome and indoor rainforest)

Stroll through the Lauritzen Gardens

Visit the Durham Museum

Eat and watch a movie at Marcus Midtown Cinema

See the El Museo Latino and Joslyn Art Museum

Head to Boys Town

See where Omaha ranked on our list of Top Music Cities.