Omaha highlights photographed in June 2009:
On the edge of downtown, the former Omaha Union Station has been beautifully restored and houses a museum dedicated to the city's history.
Union Pacific and First National Bank towers:
These are two of the most attractive highrises in the small downtown area, the First National Bank is the tallest in Nebraska at 634 feet and features an atrium lobby.
Pioneer Courage Park:
This park features a series of bronze sculptures which depict the city's history as a route for early pioneers, set in a stylized natural landscape. A second set of sculptures depicts a herd of bison running along a sidewalk that links the park to a plaza in front of the First National Bank. That plaza contains a third set of sculptures of a flock of geese in flight, some of which are cast in a polished metal and hanging in the atrium lobby of the bank...a great progression through a part of downtown.
A few new buildings near Pioneer Courage Park:
Gene Leahy Mall and Heartland of America Park:
This connected series of parks starts in downtown with the mall, a several-blocks long one-block wide space featuring a water course whose character changes block to block and is bridged by several cross streets. It finally tumbles down a series of cascades to the park, which features a lake ringed with walking paths and shelters, and a large fountain. This park is located along the Missouri River.
This large sports arena is on the edge of downtown near the Missouri River.
A pleasant walking trail runs along this small urban riverfront, with a plaza featuring a sculpted monument to local union labor, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge crossing the river to Council Bluffs Iowa, several new residential complexes, a playground and fountain, and the National Park headquarters for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.