Headquarters Visitor Center - Omaha, NE

sunsetting over Omaha Cityscape
Omaha Cityscape from Council Bluffs River's Edge Park in Iowa

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Welcome to the homeland of the U-mo'n-Ho'n, the Omaha Indians, or "upriver people," and the namesake of the City of Omaha. A treaty with the Omaha in 1854 ceded most of this homeland to the United States. A portion of this, approximately 12,400 acres, was established as a reservation headquartered in Macy, Nebraska.

The current City of Omaha has over 400,000 people. It is situated on the west bank of the Missouri River. This landscape has evolved from having miles of tall prairie teaming with a variety of animals, including the buffalo, and a river several miles wide and very shallow, to becoming the deep and fast river that defines the cityscape today.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled, camped, hunted and fished, met with the Native people and held council with Indian Chiefs in this area of the middle Missouri. The Omaha Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center commemorates this journey. Visitors are welcome to meet with Park Rangers to learn more about Lewis and Clark history or to gather information for planning their next stop on their own journey along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

The Omaha Visitor Center is located within the National Park Service Midwest Regional Office which has had a presence in Omaha for nearly 80-years serving over 56 national parks and surrounding communities through preservation, recreation, conservation, and other assistance programs.

Stop in and say hello! We are happy to assist you.

Directions
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Headquarters and Visitor Center

601 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE 68102

By car:
From Interstate 480 take exit 3/3a onto 14th Street. Turn South onto 14th street then turn East (left) onto Capitol Ave. After Capitol Ave crosses 10th Street it curves south, follow the curve then turn East (left) onto Riverfront Drive. Continue on Riverfront Drive for half a mile to arrive at the Headquarters of the Lewis and Clark NHT (in the same building as the Midwest Regional Office).

From Highway 75 exit at Cuming Street then head East (right) on Cuming for 1.5 miles toward Eppley Airfield (Cuming Street will become Abbott Drive). Turn South (right) onto Riverfront Drive. Continue south on Riverfront Drive for half a mile to arrive at the Headquarters of the Lewis and Clark NHT (in the same building as the Midwest Regional Office).

Parking: The parking lot does not have designated parking for RV's or buses, it is also not easy to navigate long or oversized vehicles in the lot. Nearby city lots may be used when visitor center lot is full.

By plane:
Eppley Airfield, the nearest airport with both domestic and international flights, is approximately 4.5 miles from Trail headquarters.

To reach Trail headquarters from Eppley Airfield, exit the airport by turning left onto Abbot Drive. Continuing south on Abbot Drive, you will enter Iowa. In less than 0.25 miles, however, remaining on Abbot Drive you will be back in Nebraska. Turn left onto Riverfront Drive. Continue on Riverfront Drive for approximately 1 mile to arrive at the headquarters of the Lewis and Clark NHT (and the Midwest Regional Office).

Please Note: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters visitor center is located inside the Mid-West Regional Office at 601 Riverfront Drive in Omaha, NE. The visitor center is closed on weekends in the winter and on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day each year.

 

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Last updated: September 13, 2018

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Mailing Address:

601 Riverfront Dr.
Omaha, NE 68102

Phone:

(402) 661-1804

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