Omaha, Nebraska's largest city, is located along the banks of the Missouri River at the state's eastern border. The name Omaha is taken from a Native American word meaning "those who go against the current."
Visitors to Omaha can choose from a number of museums. Other attractions include the legendary Boys Town, the site of the residential program for underprivileged youths established by Father Edward Flanagan in 1917. The tour of the grounds includes the Hall of History, which depicts the lifework of the founder.
Don't miss the two perfectly preserved Navy vessels that are on display at Freedom Park: the USS Hazard (a minesweeper) and the USS Marlin (a submarine).
If there's time, see the Omaha Children's Museum, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Kaneko Museum, founded by Japanese sculptor and Omaha resident Jun Kaneko. Or stop by the birthplace of former U.S. President Gerald Ford—there are some elaborate gardens on the grounds. The Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters is adjacent to the burial site of 600 Mormon pioneers who died in the winter of 1846.
North downtown Omaha, referred to as "NoDo" by locals, is home to the CHI Health Center Omaha, which attracts big-name performers in concert almost every weekend and played host to the 2008 Olympic Swimming Trials. Nearby, find the Slowdown complex, home to the Slowdown music club and Film Streams, the city's only art-house theater.
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