Passing through Omaha
posted April 19, 2017 11:36 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Thu May 18 at 6:30 PM, Jams American Grill (Old Market)
1101 Harney St, Omaha, NE, USA (Map & Directions)
Hello, Cornhuskers. I'm visiting your fair state and will be flying into Omaha Thursday May 18th. Would anyone be interested in dinner that evening?
Edit: Calling meetup for Thursday evening downtown. Please let me know if that doesn't work for you! I'll probably head out to Lincoln some time after dinner, but I'm in no rush. Hope to see some of you next week! I'm excited!

I'm also planning on visiting western Iowa (to check off another state) Sunday evening if anyone has suggestions for the other side of the Missouri. Otherwise my plan is to visit the most touristy thing I could find.
posted by maryr to Meetup (14 comments total)

Oh, shoot, I'll be out of town, so I'm going to miss this. Rats!

Excited to see peoples' recommendations for western Iowa. Lewis & Clark Park — immediately across the river from Omaha — isn't much, but it'll be a decent view if the sunset's nice on that Sunday evening, and the site is relatively historically significant.
posted by Comic Sans-Culotte at 5:26 AM on April 20


I'd be interested in Omaha--can do Lincoln in a pinch if there are more people there, of course. I am sadly bad about knowing anything about destinations here, since I'm not a local.
posted by Sequence at 8:37 AM on April 20 [1 favorite]


I'm in Omaha and will be around on the 18th. I'd be happy to go to dinner!

Because it is right over the border you should at least drive by Albert Paley's The Odyssey . A controversial bridge installation on 24th street over I-80/I-29. You can also walk right on over to Iowa on the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge.
posted by ephemerista at 9:09 AM on April 20 [1 favorite]


I'll be out of town that weekend unfortunately.

Albert the Bull Park is one of my favorite half day motorcycle trips actually, so you could do worse for getting a little rural Iowa flavor. Here are some travel suggestions and stops along the way.

I usually get to Audoubon via local blacktop because the scenery is better. Council Bluffs to Missouri Valley via Lincoln Highway is the best way out of town. From there it's a question of how lost you want to feel. There are two lane blacktop roads that twist through the hills all the way north to Sioux City or at least as far as DeSoto Bend which is a nice destination. There are epic wetlands here but mid-May misses the spring migration so it will just be local flora/fauna.

But you're heading east eventually, not north. You can two-lane blacktop your way all the way there but short of spending quality time with Google Maps you're navigating by feel. A nice compromise is local roads from Mo Valley to Persia. 191 to Portsmouth and then 44 to 77 and up to Audoubon. Alternately, US30 to Hwy44 will shave a few minutes and take you through Logan which is quaint. Also, Hitchcock Nature Center is right off US30.

Speaking of, unique to the area are the Loess Hills and Hitchcock Nature Center is a decent spot to look around and do the state park encounter center thing. It's one of two places on Earth with this geographic feature (woo us!). That being said, they're really just large, yuge even, piles of dirt but it's a nice contrast to the otherwise rolling prairie everywhere else in the area. It looks a bit like Karst geography but it's all dirt instead of weathered limestone.

If you do this be forewarned that there is a bridge under construction just north of Crescent so there will be a small detour that includes gravel roads. You're driving a rental though, so, chip up that paint! Otherwise I-29 to Missouri Valley and then back-tracking is probably the best alternate route.

Right. That's a wall of text for you. If you'd like less nature-themed ideas, I can probably drum something up but this is the best way to see Albert IMO.
posted by Fezboy! at 10:38 AM on April 20 [1 favorite]


Let's definitely say dinner in Omaha on Thursday night the 18th. Working on the restaurant (by harassing a local ^_^).
posted by maryr at 1:05 PM on May 1


Picked a restaurant which can be changed, but sounded nice.
posted by maryr at 3:22 PM on May 8


And somewhere I haven't been, which is great. There's so many places to try but I find myself gravitating back to the same couple and I need opportunities to get out of my comfort zone.
posted by Sequence at 12:49 AM on May 9 [1 favorite]


Just bumping this for tomorrow. Look forward to seeing you!
posted by maryr at 2:23 PM on May 17


Have fun, guys. I wish I could join you but have other obligations.
posted by PussKillian at 6:48 AM on May 18


Ugh, my stupid cell didn't update so I'm an hour early. Wandering Old Market a little until I probably go nap in my car.
posted by maryr at 3:33 PM on May 18


I am headed over in a minute here, I have on a mostly-blue plaid shirt over a Captain America tee for ease of actually being spotted.
posted by Sequence at 4:05 PM on May 18


Ok, I'm going to nap another 15 min if you're not already waiting. I have brown hair, green glasses, and an orangey shirt.
posted by maryr at 4:09 PM on May 18


I'm here! I have long dark wavy hair and a shirt with a plaidish front and grey back
posted by ephemerista at 4:25 PM on May 18


Okay, I am here whenever!
posted by Sequence at 4:25 PM on May 18



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