Omaha, NE
Nebraska
By Allison Crowley

Pass through “the gateway to west,” but stop and stay a while. Omaha, Nebraska is more than an industrial transportation hub; it’s a destination to captivate all travelers. Drawing deeply from its history in jazz and blues, theater, art, and home to national landmarks and historic districts, Omaha provides everything you need with the trademark heartland hospitality.

WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to book your flight to the Eppley Airfield (OMA) just 3 miles from Omaha’s bustling downtown. Just click this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to get started today. In Omaha, you’ll find more hotel options than you know how to manage but don’t worry; WhatsCheaper.com can help you with that too. Just click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to utilize our hotel finder for excellent values.

Boasting an extensive trail system and beautifully designed, tree-lined boulevards, Omaha is one of the most walkable big cities in the U.S., which means no matter where you stay, you’ll be steps away from all kinds of entertainment.

Because everything is just around the corner, why not meander into the art world? Omaha is home to the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Holland Center for Performing Arts, and the Orpheum Theater. Or hop on over to one of the many art venues: The Joslyn Art Museum or the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, where you’ll find anything from ancient Greek pottery to cutting-edge, contemporary works. Make your way downtown to Meg Saligman’s “Fertile Ground.” This 70ft tall and 328ft wide mural provides imagery connecting Omaha’s past to its present and stands among the largest in the world. As you journey through the city, keep your eyes peeled for the many public art displays celebrating Omaha’s culture and history.

Next, WhatsCheaper.com invites you to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo, one of the largest in the world, which offers hundreds of species in exhibits ranging from a colossal indoor rainforest to the desert dome, from aquariums to gardens. Check out the big cats, the bears, the gorillas, the Kingdoms of the Night – an indoor exhibit displaying our world’s nightlife and creatures of the underground. The zoo grants an entire world of experiences and landscapes nestled in Nebraska’s plains.

Standing host of the NCAA College World Series, golf courses of PGA tour caliber, and nearby lakes for boating and fishing, Omaha thrives on recreation. Walk across the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge that grants free access to over 150 miles of hiking trails along the Missouri Riverfront. If that doesn’t sate your trekking appetite, try the segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail that passes through Omaha on its way to Oregon.

Better set aside a whole day for Omaha’s Old Market District – a haven of arts and entertainment –where you’ll find cobbled roads and street-corner performers, where industrial buildings formerly used for shipping and distribution are renovated to house an array of boutiques and shops, where you’ll satisfy any craving given the choice from a variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual coffeehouses. Here, you’ll see horse-drawn carriages and old-style lampposts, but don’t be fooled: underneath that historic flavor, you’ll discover the finest dining experiences, contemporary music venues and dance clubs, and the latest fashions.

Maybe you don’t want to spend your evening in a bat cave or darkened swamp. Never fear, Omaha’s nightlife scene can accommodate all preferences by delivering a variety of restaurants including Irish pubs and micro-breweries, sports and martini bars, fine and casual dining, and venues offering blues, jazz, rock, or indie music. If your travels bring you to Omaha in the summer, enjoy live bands on the riverfront.

Omaha has rapidly become one of those cities you just can’t miss. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you plan your trip by offering the best deals on flights and hotels.

MUST SEE IN Omaha, NE LIST:

  • 1. Downtown Riverfront
  • 2. NCAA College World Series
  • 3. Joslyn Art Museum
  • 4. Henry Doorly Zoo
  • 5. Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge
  • 6. Old Market District
  • 7. Fertile Ground
  • 8. Morrison Soccer Stadium
  • 9. Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
  • 10. El Museo Latino

Omaha, NE EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Omaha Film Festival - March
  • 2. Omaha Fashion Week - March
  • 3. Taste of Omaha - June
  • 4. Omaha Summer Arts Festival - June
  • 5. Omaha Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival - July
  • 6. MAHA Music Festival - August
  • 7. Greek Festival - August
  • 8. Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival - August
  • 9. River City Roundup - September
  • 10. Holiday Lights Festival - November to January

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Omaha Downtown
1616 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE
By Jaclyn Bealer

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown hotel on your next trip to Nebraska. If you’re flying into the area, Eppley Airfield (OMA) is only a short 10 minutes away from the hotel. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle to take you to and from the airport. Driving into the area? The hotel is conveniently situated near major highways for an easy commute. Check-in at 3 p.m. and enjoy the signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie served by the friendly staff at the Omaha hotel.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown hotel offers many types of rooms, perfect for every travelers individual needs. Guest rooms come with either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, and you can upgrade to a deluxe room for more space. Looking for all DoubleTree has to offer? Choose  a suite and decide between a king bed with 2 rooms, a king presidential suite, and a king or queen studio. All suites come with a king-sized master bedroom, Jacuzzi®, a parlor with a wet bar, and a double basin sink. Also, accessible rooms are available upon request. Whichever room you choose, you’ll have a peaceful night’s rest thanks to the Sweet Dreams® Experience bedding.

In addition to beautiful guest rooms and suites, this 100% smoke-free hotel offers many amenities including a fitness center, swimming pool, and a gift shop with Starbucks® coffee. After day in Omaha, come back to the hotel and relax at City Center Pub or Signatures Restaurant. Need to book a convention, wedding, or special event? The hotel features 30,000 square feet to suit your needs and boasts an executive meeting center, located on the 19th floor with a view of the city.

WhatsCheaper.com knows that you’ll consider the DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown hotel your home away from home while in Nebraska. Click the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) and book your stay today.

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Element Omaha Midtown Crossing
3253 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE
By Abby Carney

Element Omaha Midtown Crossing is an uber eco-friendly hotel and popular wedding destination, located just five miles from Eppley Airfield. Complimentary hotel shuttles will transport you to and from the airport with ease. Any environmentally conscious traveler will appreciate the efforts Element Omaha has taken to sustain Mother Earth, featuring paper recycling bins in each room, recycled materials in carpets and low VOC interior paints.

Rooms are large and open, each one featuring high speed wireless internet access and a 32” LCD TV. Element Omaha knows that pleasure and relaxation are dependent on the details, so you can feel luxurious falling asleep at night on beds with 300 thread count sheets and rich fabrics. Let your hair down in your relaxing bathroom, offering a hairdryer, rainforest shower, deluxe bath amenities, accessible shower and/or bath, and a grab bar in the bathroom (in case you have a craving for a treat while you’re soaking in the tub). Individual climate controls allows you to regulate the temperature of your room, and wake-up service is available to ensure you don’t sleep through any important meetings in the morning. Your room also features a personal office, complete with a desk, ergonomic desk chair, telephone with free local and toll free calls, voicemail, and TDD. A microwave oven, coffee and tea maker, kitchenette, and refrigerator are also waiting for you in your room.

Element Omaha is a perfect destination for the business traveler, as the hotel offers a flexible event space with a 50” flat panel TV, accessible power outlets, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Take advantage of the convention services staff, white board, projector, and video conferencing services.     

 The area is rife with entertainment and dining options, so be sure to thoroughly explore Midtown Crossing on your stay. There is a cinema right down the road, a spa, and many restaurants that are sure to please. Hotel staff will be sad to see you go, but be sure to pick up the free daily newspaper on your way out! For more information and booking, check out WhatsCheaper.com (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).   

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Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West
17879 Chicago Street, Omaha, NE
By Sarah Hay

If your next business or personal trip takes you to the city of Omaha, Nebraska, be sure to plan on staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, Omaha West. Located just 15 miles from Eppley Airfield, the Hilton Garden Inn is situated just minutes from the TD Ameritrade Park and Village and the Henry Doorly Zoo. Several corporate offices are nearby, including First National Bank, Bank of the West, and the Gallup Organization. Westroads mall and Girls and Boys Town are each only five miles away from the hotel as well.

There are 119 guest rooms and suites at the Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West hotel, and each of them feature a variety of standard amenities, including 26” televisions, complimentary high speed Internet access, microwaves, irons and ironing boards, mini refrigerators, bathroom granite tops and vanities, arm chairs with ottomans, coffeemakers, Neutrogena® bath products, MP3 clock radios, weekday newspaper delivery, two dual line speakerphones with data ports, hairdryers, and work desks with ergonomic chairs. Check-in is 3 p.m., and check-out is 11:30 a.m.

If you’re visiting with your family, the hotel offers a children’s menu, playpens, high chairs, cribs, and even children’s video rentals, upon request. There is also a pool, Jacuzzi and fitness facility on site. The Hilton also has a gift shop, convenience store, laundry facility and free beverage area. There is a Great American Grill restaurant on site, and evening room service is available, as is on-site catering.

Business guests will appreciate the 24-hour business center, complete with copying, fax machines, business phone and printing services and audio/visual equipment rentals. The hotel is also a great place to host meetings or events, as it has meeting rooms available, the largest of which covers 1,950 square feet. For your next trip to Omaha, stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West, and trust the experts at WhatsCheaper.com to track down a great price for you, just click here: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).

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