If you’re looking to get away from it all and finally focus on your health, sometimes a vacation is just the thing.

And if you’re in any sort of proximity to the Midwest, Omaha most definitely deserves your attention as a final destination.

Now, we know what you’re thinking.

“Omaha? Seriously?”

Think about it. Taking the road-less-traveled in terms of your destination is a smart move for not only avoiding crowds, but also keeping more money in your pocket. Omaha ticks both of these boxes while also representing a city with plenty to do.

“Due to its location in the Midwest and relatively low number of tourists,” notes Outdoorsy, “Prices are much lower here than at more popular locales.” There’s a reason why the city is such a popular destination for RV enthusiasts, campers and those who just want to spend some time in the great outdoors.

Want to take a vacation that focuses on your fitness? Want to “rough it” rather than stay cooped up in a hotel? Omaha has you covered and then some. Here are five places to check out if you want to stay active and on-the-go while you’re out of town.

Chalco Hills Recreation Area

With over seven miles of trail to bike or hike, Chalco Hills lives up to its claim of being the city’s top outdoor area. This spot also boasts some of the best fishing in the state, serving up chances to catch some walleye, catfish and largemouth bass.

Heartland of America Park

Located smack dab in the middle of downtown, this park is the perfect place to put in some miles after spending some time in the city proper. A nice added bonus of the park and surrounding areas is the Heartland B-cycle, a bike-sharing system that allows you to see the beauty of the city on two wheels. Sounds nice, right?

Driftwood Paddleboard Adventures

If you’re never paddleboarded before, you’re in for a treat. Covering a variety of lakes in the Omaha area, these guided tours will ease you into a sport that’s surprisingly demanding but equally relaxing. Considering how well-documented Nebraska’s lakes are for their beauty, what better way to see them than up close and personal?

Cunningham Lake

Speaking of lakes, Cunningham Lake is a peaceful place to take a stroll or enjoy some prime tent camping. Activities on the water include paddleboarding and kayaking; meanwhile, you can also go horseback riding on dry land. In short, a peaceful place to wind in nature.

Keystone Biking and Walking Trail

For those interested in logging some serious miles, look no further. This 27-mile pathway runs alongside the Missouri River, providing a great way to do some sightseeing during your next walk, bike or jog. There are plenty of sub-trails, stops and parks along the way if you need to take a break or get a picnic in; however, dedicated bikers will want to try to brave the whole trail.

If you’re looking for a peaceful vacation “away from it all” that allows you to focus on your health first and foremost, look no further than The Big O. Whether it’s an adventure on the lake, biking some epic trails or a simple hike, there are endless opportunities to get outdoors and see the Midwest right.

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