Council Bluffs is a city in Southwest Iowa, just across the Missouri River from Omaha. It is known for its casinos and ties to the transcontinental railroad. It is sometimes called "Iowa's Leading Edge."
- 1 Eppley Airfield Airfield (OMA IATA), 4501 Abbott Dr, Omaha (enter the city via I-480E toward I-29), ☏ , fax: . Most likely airport to use, located just across the river in Omaha.
- 2 Council Bluffs Municipal Airport (CBF IATA), 16801 McCandless Ln #2, ☏ . Private planes.
Visitors from an easterly city, like Des Moines will continue west on I-80, or from the west through Omaha until crossing over the Missouri River. To the north and south are Sioux City and Kansas City, respectively, which connect to Council Bluffs via I-29/I-680 and I-29/US-59.
Omaha Metro [dead link] operates the blue and yellow routes to Council Bluffs. These routes run from 19th street and Douglas in Downtown Omaha to downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa Western Community College, Mall of the Bluffs and Mid America Center. The westbound buses stop on Dodge street before going to the 16th street Mall and 19th street and Douglas in Omaha.
Omaha Metro [dead link] has two routes that serve Council Bluffs: blue and yellow. The blue route stops at the Iowa Western Community College, Mall of the Bluffs. The Yellow route goes to the Mid America Center.
- 1 Historic Squirrel Cage Jail (Pottawattamie County Jail), 226 Pearl St, ☏ , ✉ Tours@TheHistoricalSociety.org. One of the last lazy Susan style-rotary jails in existence. $7, $6 60+, $5 aged 6-12.
- 2 Lewis and Clark Monument, 29385 Monument Rd, ☏ . A nice view of the Missouri River as well as mountain bike trail.
- Kanesville Tabernacle, 222 East Broadway, ☏ . Mormon Trail Historic Site has a museum and monuments to the migration that the Mormons took.
- 3 Union Pacific Museum, 200 Pearl St, ☏ . T-Sa 10AM-4PM. Details the beginnings of the Union Pacific Railroad and the role it played in westward expansion and has artifacts dating back to the 1860s.
- 4 Grenville M. Dodge House. House museum.
- 5 RailsWest Railroad Museum.
Plenty to do for the gambler. Most of the casinos can be seen along I-80. Since the state of Nebraska doesn't allow gambling, Omaha dwellers cross the state border and do their gambling here.
- 1 Ameristar Casino Hotel, 2200 River Rd (I-29 exit 53), ☏ , toll-free: .
- 2 Harrah's Casino and Hotel, 1 Harrahs Blvd (I-29 exit 53A), ☏ .
- 3 Horseshoe Casino, 2701 23rd Ave (I-80/I-29 exit 1B N), ☏ , toll-free: , fax: .
- 4 Taco Ride. Billed as the world's largest weekly group bicycle ride. Every Thursday night in the summer, hundreds of cyclists ride the Wabash Trace through Iowa to a restaruant in Mineola, Iowa to consume thousands of tacos and margaritas. The trail begins in the parking lot of Lewis Central High School.
- [formerly dead link] Scott Street Pub, 25 Scott St, ☏ . With 17 TVs, a great place to catch a game.
- Loess Hills State Forest [formerly dead link],40 mi north in Pisgah, offers a sort of oasis in the farmlands of Iowa. Camping and fishing are available. This is arguably the state's most interesting state park or forest.
- Elk Horn is 50 mi east and the nation's largest rural Danish settlement from the prairie days. The Danish Windmill is a state treasure.
|Routes through Council Bluffs|
|Sioux City ← Missouri Valley ←||N S||→ St. Joseph → Kansas City|
|North Platte ← Omaha ←||W E||→ West Des Moines → Des Moines|
|Hastings ← Omaha ←||W E||→ Atlantic → Des Moines|