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Five Towns Worth a Visit

Omaha
It's home to the nation's second-richest man, Warren Buffett, and serves as a back lot for director Alexander Payne, who grew up in the Dundee neighborhood and filmed Election and Citizen Ruth here.

Time Machine: Union Station, former hub of the Union Pacific railway line, now gleams as the Durham Western Heritage Museum (801 S. 10th St.; 402/444-5071), with exhibits on Omaha history and rail travel (including six restored cars that you can walk through). But it's the haunting emptiness of the cathedral-like Main Waiting Room that will hold you.

Dining Out: The Flatiron Café (17th and Howard Sts.; 402/344-3040), in a replica of the eponymous New York skyscraper, has romantic tables for two in its glass-walled, triangular dining room; down-home meets retro cheek at Dixie Quicks restaurant (105 S. 15th St.; 402/346-3549).

Need an Engagement Ring? Bill Gates bought his at Borsheim's Fine Jewelry & Gifts (120 Regency Pkwy., in the Regency Court shopping center; 800/642-4438).

The Wild Side: Lied Jungle, in the Henry Doorly Zoo (3701 S. 10th St.; 402/733-8401), is the world's largest indoor rain forest. Also check out the Scott Aquarium, with its trippy zigzag shark-viewing tunnel.

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