Council Bluffs Travel Guide

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Council Bluffs Things to Do

  • Walk The Bob Kerry Bridge Over The...

    In 2008 the Bob Kerry pedestrian bridge was opened and connected the towns of Omaha and Concil Bluffs. It makes for a very pleasant outing. It is beautiful and interesting. The grade is easy and has nice views. There is a park at each end.We have done this in the evening a few times and each time it has been good for people watching and a nice end...

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  • Squirrel Cage Jail

    Only 17 of these rotating jails were built and the Squirrel Cage Jail was the only one that had 3 stories. There are only 3 of these jails left in the country. It was built in 1885 and used until 1969. The prisoners are located in "pie-shaped" cells within the rotating center. Only one cell could be opened at a time and the jailer rotated them...

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  • Historic Cemeteries

    If you're doing genealogical research or just like historic cemeteries, there are plenty of them in CB.Fairview Cemetery - Lafayette and N. 2nd St. at the top of Oakland Ave. - graves from the second quarter of the 19th century. Amelia Bloomer, Mormon pioneers, Kinsman War Memorial. Also present is the Black Angel, a statue with an urban legend...

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  • Bayliss Park

    Bayliss Park is a neat park that takes up an entire block across from the old public library, now Union Pacific Museum. It's undergoing renovation right now and I think they're replacing the entire fountain in the center. They used to have activities in the summer for kids on the park lawn.Even with renovations I'm sure you can still visit the war...

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  • Dodge House

    The General Grenville M. Dodge House is a must. It's especially fun around Christmas or the 4th of July. Just about every room in this old mansion built in 1869 has a Christmas tree and on the 4th there are usually Union soldier re-enactors who fire off their guns.General Dodge is an important figure in CB and railroad history.Tue-Sat 10-5Sun...

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  • Union Pacific Museum/ Old Carnegie...

    The Union Pacific Museum is only a few years old. It's housed in the old CB Public Library, a Carnegie library opened in 1905. It's a beautiful building on the inside and out. Those who practically grew up inside will notice they've done some remodeling. The (new) double-staircase inside the old entrance is how it was originally (so I was told)....

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  • VISIT THE IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

    LIKE SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS IN OTHER STATES, THIS SCHOOL PERFORMS AN INVALUABLE SERVICE FOR ITS HEARING-IMPAIRED CITIZENS. They have a beautiful 80 acre campus in the southeastern part of Council Bluffs.This is a state, tax-supported school open to all hearing impaired students younger than 21 years of age. The school does not charge for room, board,...

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  • SEE A DRIVEIN MOVIE!

    THERE ARE STILL A FEW DRIVEIN MOVIE THEATERS AVAILABLE IN AMERICA, AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM.From the photo you can see a couple of the movies that were "hot" in the summer of 2006.

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  • THE UNION PACIFIC MUSEUM

    THIS FREE MUSEUM has three floors of exhibits and is very interesting. Many exhibits are interactive.

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Council Bluffs Restaurants

  • A Nice Stop For Coffee

    A nice little spot to stop for a light lunch or breakfast. They have nice coffee and the staff was friendly. It is also located right on the bike/walking path that runs through Council Bluffs.There is a nice outside sitting area. It was comfortable and shady during the morning even in July. We stop here for coffee and a pastry in the morning.

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  • Best Hot and Sour Soup in the World!

    I have loved this place for years. It's just a tiny eatery but has great food and service. The lady who runs it is super sweet. I haven't lived in the area for years but she always remembers my favorite dishes and where we moved to even if it's been a couple years since we saw her last! We try to eat here at least twice when we come back for...

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  • Best Prime Rib Ive ever had!

    red leather boothes and mirrors give the place a sixties feel, which is appropriate considering they have been around since then, or longer! A local favorite for everyone from kids to seniors, and it is the gathering place after high-school football games. We love it! Friday and Saturdays only you can get a slice of prime rib beigger than your...

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Council Bluffs Warnings and Dangers

  • by megsoc13 Written Mar 5, 2007

    There is a rather large population of black squirrels in CB and they are a sort of symbol of the city. You can find them on shirts, etc. A 1975 city ordinance made it illegal to "annoy, worry, maim, injure or kill a black squirrel."

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Council Bluffs Off The Beaten Path

  • Wabash Trace - Walk, Run, Bike

    The Wabash Trace Nature Trail was formed on the old railway line heading S/SE out of CB. You can go as far as you like but it stretches 60 miles! It can be accessed at a few county road intersections and the small SW Iowa towns. The scenery is beautiful and good exercise through the Loess Hills.The trail is for walkers, runners, and bikers and...

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  • DeSoto Bend

    DeSoto Bend/ DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to watch wildlife, especially birds, hike, fish, hunt, boat, picnic, etc. My favorite thing to do is go to the museum in the visitor center and to see where the steamship Bertrand wrecked. It is now located in a lake but it used to be part of the Missouri River (the river changed...

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  • Lewis and Clark Monument

    The Lewis and Clark Monument has a great view of the Missouri River from the top of the Loess Hills. There are some pleasant hiking and mountain biking trails down from the monument. Fairly easy terrain and wooded. Great for kids and adults alike.19962 Monument Rd

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Council Bluffs Sports & Outdoors

  • Wabash Trace - Walk, Run, Bike

    The Wabash Trace Nature Trail was formed on the old railway line heading S/SE out of CB. You can go as far as you like but it stretches 60 miles! It can be accessed at a few county road intersections and the small SW Iowa towns. The scenery is beautiful and good exercise through the Loess Hills.The trail is for walkers, runners, and bikers and...

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  • Hiking/Biking Lewis and Clark Monument

    The Lewis and Clark Monument has a great view of the Missouri River from the top of the Loess Hills. There are some pleasant hiking and mountain biking trails down from the monument. Fairly easy terrain and wooded. Great for kids and adults alike.19962 Monument Rd

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