Council Bluffs is a city in Southwest Iowa on the 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."
- 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. Most likely airport to use, located just across the river in Omaha.(IATA: OMA).
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 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 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.
- Historic Squirrel Cage Jail, 226 Pearl St, ☎ +1 712 323-2509, e-mail: Tours@TheHistoricalSociety.org. One of the last lazy Susan style-rotary jails in existence. $7, $6 60+, $5 aged 6-12.
- Lewis and Clark Monument, 29385 Monument Rd, ☎ +1 712 328-4650. A nice view of the Missouri River as well as mountain bike trail.
- Kanesville Tabernacle, 222 East Broadway, ☎ +1 712-322-0500. Mormon Trail Historic Site has a museum and monuments to the migration that the Mormons took.
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 (6673-386).
- 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.
- Buena Vista University Council Bluffs Campus, 2700 College Rd, ☎ +1 712 328-0788, toll-free: +1 800 798-0788, fax: +1 712 322-8604, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Satellite campus of BVU which is based in Storm Lake.
- Best Western Crossroads of the Bluffs, 2216 27th Ave, ☎ +1 712 322-3150, fax: +1 712 322-6233. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Free breakfast and high-speed Internet. 5 mi from Eppley Airfield.
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 3216 Plaza View Dr, ☎ +1 712 256-6500, fax: +1 712 256-6501. Free breakfast and Internet.
- Loess Hills State Forest,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|