Flights to Bellevue
This relatively unknown city outside of the United States is actually the oldest town in the state of Nebraska and is situated just eight miles (12.8 km) to the south of the much larger city of Omaha. This location makes Bellevue a good place to stay as an alternative to Omaha where you can make the most of Bellevue’s own attractions too.
There is no airport in Bellevue, but with the major city of Omaha just minutes away, it’s easy enough to fly into Eppley Airfield (airport code: OMA) and rent a car for the short drive. If you are booking a flight to Bellevue, you can choose from several airlines. Both British Midland and Virgin Atlantic have routes that connect in London and then in New York City. Lufthansa takes a European route with transfers in Frankfurt and Chicago. South African Airways and Delta Airlines also offer flights to Bellevue landing in Omaha.
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The Tourist Attractions in Bellevue:
While Bellevue generally isn’t on the USA’s top list of most visited places it’s a nice little city all the same and does have a number of things to see and do. The proximity to Omaha makes this a good place to stay as an alternative to the larger city too, just 8 miles away and easily accessible via car.
Bellevue’s main claim to fame is for being the oldest city in the state of Nebraska. The town was first established as a fur trading post in 1822 and although it went by several different names over the following years it was the French fur traders name for the area which stuck. They called it ‘Belle Vue’, meaning ‘Beautiful View’.
Not surprisingly there are several historical attractions that still remain to this day in Bellevue. There is the 1830’s log cabin which is now the oldest remaining building that stands between the Missouri River and the Pacific Ocean. Just a few decades younger is the First Presbyterian Church which was built in 1856. Another old building of note is the Fontenelle Bank. This is the oldest commercial public building in Nebraska.
There are a couple of museums of note in Bellevue including the Sarpy County Museum and the Strategic Air and Space Museum. The former is a historical museum and it’s located next door to the historic Omaha and Southern Railroad Depot. The Strategic Air and Space Museum is one of the area’s top attractions and is considered to be one of the best museums of its kind. You’ll find all sorts of airplanes and aeronautical equipment on display here.
Another of the area’s top attractions is the Fontenelle Forest. Around 1,400 acres of forestland in this Bellevue attraction, Fontenelle Forest features 17 miles (27km) of hiking trails and some great views over the Missouri River making this popular with both locals and visitors.
When Should You Visit?:
Hot summers and cold winters are the main characteristics of the weather in Bellevue. The summers are fairly humid, and July is the hottest month with an average high of 31C. However, the summer is the also the wetter time of the year so be prepared for showers. During the winter temperatures are cold and snow is possible.