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Council BluffsUnited States of America

This city, which played a major role in emigrant trails and railroad expansion, is home to museums, casinos and a diverse countryside.

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.

Top Hotels in Council Bluffs

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Council Bluffs, IA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Council Bluffs, IA
2.5 out of 5
17 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA
Free cancellation
The price is CA $101 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Situated in Council Bluffs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mid-America Center and Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino is 2.1 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,278 reviews)

"Jeff who assisted me at checkout was very friendly. Find more like him!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Council Bluffs, IA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Omaha Airport, IA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Omaha Airport, IA
2.5 out of 5
2210 Abbott Dr, Carter Lake, IA
The price is CA $96 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. CHI Health Center Omaha and Orpheum ...

4/5Very Good! (1,172 reviews)

"Good location - close to the airport. Family members recommended it."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Omaha Airport, IA
Harrahs Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino
Harrahs Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
1 Harrahs Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA
The price is CA $113 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in the heart of Council Bluffs, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dodge Riverside Golf Club and Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino. Horseshoe ...

4/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"It was clean easy to find and soft bed and pillows"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 3, 2021

Harrahs Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Council Bluffs

Clean, Cozy Modern Cottage -"the Treehouse" : Close to DT Omaha/zoo; Gardens
Clean, Cozy Modern Cottage -"the Treehouse" : Close to DT Omaha/zoo; Gardens
Council Bluffs, IA

Situated in Council Bluffs, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Alegent Health Mercy Hospital and CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs. Caring For Our ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Outstanding, wonderful. More than we hoped for...

"There wasn't one thing that my family would have wanted changed. Everything, I mean everything was as advertised. Sharon went above and, way, way beyond to make our mothers 89th birthday so very, very special. Deer every morning and every dusk, quiet neighborhood so we could just relax and do nothing. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Clean, Cozy Modern Cottage -"the Treehouse" : Close to DT Omaha/zoo; Gardens
Spacious Bright And Open 6 Bedroom Lake House With Hot Tub, Projector
Spacious Bright And Open 6 Bedroom Lake House With Hot Tub, Projector
Carter Lake, IA

Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sacred Heart Parish Church, Freedom Park Navy Museum, and Hot Shops Art Center. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Beautiful spacious place!

"Very responsive owner -all the conveniences of home-hot tub-lovely spacious house!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2019

Spacious Bright And Open 6 Bedroom Lake House With Hot Tub, Projector
Staybridge Suites Omaha West
Staybridge Suites Omaha West
3 out of 5
2720 Oak Drive, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $119 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in West Omaha, this aparthotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Oak View Mall and within 12 mi (20 km) of SkateDaze and Westroads Mall. Fun-Plex and Omaha Community ...

4.4/5Excellent! (163 reviews)

"Friendly and accommodating staff. Clean and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2021

Staybridge Suites Omaha West
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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