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Council Bluffs, a quaint city on Missouri River’s east bank, played a key role in 19th-century emigrant trails and rail transportation. Legalized gambling later became an important factor in the area’s economy and tourism. Delve into Council Bluff’s past and see the intriguing blend of landscape, including wetlands, savannas and forests.
Go to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum for information about the city’s role in the expansion of transportation across the U.S. Learn about the construction of the transcontinental railroad, completed in 1869. Visit the Lincoln Monument, a statue that honors the former president’s trip to the area.
The Squirrel Cage Jail & Museum is another institution that reveals the area’s fascinating past. Marvel at the 19th-century building’s “squirrel cage” design. The 10 cells rotated so that only one at a time was accessible to the jailer.
After legalization of gambling, casinos sprang up around the city. Try your luck at the Ameristar Casino Hotel, based in a three-story boat on the Missouri River. Stay for a show after trying some of the 1,000 slot machines at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino and dine at the Horseshoe Casino after hitting the jackpot.
To enjoy the diverse scenery outside the city, drive 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) north to the Hitchcock Nature Center. Explore green sloping fields and prairies in the Loess Hills. The park, which stretches across 1,268 acres (513.1 hectares), preserves the region’s flora and fauna. See the Historic General Dodge House from the 1900s. It contains the original fixtures installed by a civil war veteran.
Try typical Iowan cuisine, such as the pork tenderloin sandwich and the “Walking Taco,” a blend of crushed chips and a taco-seasoned hamburger.
The area has extreme variations in temperature from summer to winter. The city is quite hot between June and August and freezing cold with snow from November through March.
The larger city of Omaha, Nebraska sits just on the other side of the Missouri River. The nearest large transportation hub is Eppley Airfield, a 10-minute taxi ride from Council Bluffs.
Intriguing emigrant history, diverse scenery and casinos lure travelers to Council Bluffs on the Missouri River.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Creighton University. Freedom Park Navy Museum and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Creighton University. Freedom Park Navy Museum and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Council Bluffs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mid-America Center, Joe's Karting, and Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Bluffs Run Greyhound Park and Dodge Riverside Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Council Bluffs, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Joe's Karting and Mid-America Center. Horseshoe Council Bluffs and Bluffs Run Greyhound Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Council Bluffs hotel is located on a river, within 2 mi (3 km) of Western Historic Trails Center, Joe's Karting, and Dodge Riverside Golf Club. Mid-America Center and Horseshoe Council Bluffs are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Council Bluffs, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dodge Riverside Golf Club and Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park. Joe's Karting and Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of RailsWest Railroad Museum, Squirrel Cage Jail, and Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Bayliss Park and Historic General Dodge House are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Creighton University. Freedom Park Navy Museum and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha are also within 2 mi (3 km).