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Council Bluffs

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Coucil Bluffs [1], is a city in Southwest Iowa on eastern side of the Missouri River. It is known for its casinos and ties to the transcontinental railroad. It is sometimes called "Iowa's Leading Edge."

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Eppley Airfield Airfield, 4501 Abbott Dr, Omaha (enter the city via I-480E toward I-29), +1 402 661-8017 (fax: +1 402 661-8025), [2]. Most likely airport to use, located just across the river in Omaha.(IATA: OMA).  edit
  • Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, 16801 McCandless Ln #2, +1 712 322-2284, [3]. Private planes.  edit

By car[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Historic Squirrel Cage Jail, 226 Pearl St, +1 712 323-2509 (), [4]. One of the last lazy Susan style-rotary jails in existence. $7, $6 60+, $5 aged 6-12.  edit
  • Lewis and Clark Monument, 29385 Monument Rd, +1 712 328-4650. A nice view of the Missouri River as well as mountain bike trail.  edit
  • Mormon Trail Historic Site, Hwy G55 and 240th St, +1 712 322-0500.  edit
  • Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St, +1 712 329-8307, [5].  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

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.

  • Ameristar Casino Hotel, 2200 River Rd (I-29 exit 53), +1 712 328-8888 (toll free: +1 866 MORE-FUN), [6].  edit
  • Harrah's Casino and Hotel, 1 Harrahs Blvd (I-29 exit 53A), +1 712 329-6000, [7].  edit
  • Horseshoe Casino and Bluffs Run Greyhound Racing, 2701 23rd Ave (I-80/I-29 exit 1B N), +1 712 323-2500 (toll free: +1 800 328-2946, fax: +1 712 322-9354), [8].  edit

Learn[edit]

  • Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Rd, +1 712 325-3200 (toll free: +1 800 432-5852), [9].  edit
  • Buena Vista University Council Bluffs Campus, 2700 College Rd, +1 712 328-0788 (toll free: +1 800 798-0788, , fax: +1 712 322-8604), [10]. Satellite campus of BVU which is based in Storm Lake.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Mall of the Bluffs, 1751 Madison Ave, +1 712 323-9986, [11]. The city's largest.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Scott Street Pub, 25 Scott St, +1 712 328-7275, [12]. With 17 TVs, a great place to catch a game.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Crossroads of the Bluffs, 2216 27th Ave, +1 712 322-3150 (fax: +1 712 322-6233), [13]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Free breakfast and high-speed Internet. 5 mi from Eppley Airfield.  edit
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 3216 Plaza View Dr, +1 712 256-6500 (fax: +1 712 256-6501), [14]. Free breakfast and Internet.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Loess Hills State Forest,40 mi (64 km) north in Pisgah [15], 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 (80 km) 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 CityMissouri Valley  N noframe S  St. JosephKansas City
North PlatteOmaha  W noframe E  West Des MoinesDes Moines
HastingsOmaha  W noframe E  AtlanticDes Moines


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