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Council Bluffs Vacations

Council Bluffs, Iowa, is located on the state's western border, just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska. Council Bluffs, formerly known as Kanesville, has a long history, including importance to settlers moving west in the 1840s. The town was a major railroad hub from the 1870s to the 1940s, and a Council Bluffs vacation can include trips to historical sites throughout the area.

Major Attractions

To get a feel for the town's history, visit Historic General Dodge House, built for General Grenville M. Dodge and the only designated National Historic Landmark site in Council Bluffs. General Dodge served in the Civil War and Congress, and was a renowned railroad builder. Check ahead—the house is closed on Mondays and holidays, and in January. For a bit of fun, head to the Golden Spike Monument on 9th Avenue. The 56-foot-tall replica of the golden spike used to complete the Transcontinental Railroad was erected in 1939 during the town's "Golden Spike Days." The monument sits on the site of the Transcontinental Railroad's zero-mile marker, nowhere near the real spike's location. For more to see and do, look into car rentals in Council Bluffsw and drive to Lake Manawa State Park for a picnic or to the casinos on the west side of town.

Recurring Festivals and Events

Try to book Council Bluffs vacation packages for the end of May to attend Council Bluffs' biggest annual festival, Loessfest. Named after the Loess Hills—rugged hills formed thousands of years ago that surround the city—Loessfest is a celebration of everything Council Bluffs has to offer, including music, movies, arts, and sports. Council Bluffs' Mid America Center arena also hosts a multitude of different festivals and events throughout the year, including model train shows, monster truck rallies, and concerts.

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Accommodation in Council Bluffs

Travelocity's Council Bluffs hotel deals page lists 32 accommodations, available to book right now.

Do you have a taste for luxury and style? Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East Council Bluffs and Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Council Bluffs I-29 ought to tick all your boxes. If you would like your dollar to go further, check out the Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs, at 2200 River Road, or the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Omaha East/Council Bluffs, IA, located at 3216 Plaza View Dr.

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Top Council Bluffs Hotels Deals

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Omaha Airport Downtown

La Quinta Inn & Suites Omaha Airport Downtown

1201 Avenue H, Carter Lake
2.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (36 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Creighton University. Freedom Park Navy Museum ...

$69

$69
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Omaha Airport

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Omaha Airport

2210 Abbott Dr, Carter Lake
2.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Creighton University. Freedom Park Navy Museum ...

$84

$84
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Council Bluffs

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Council Bluffs

17 Arena Way, Council Bluffs
2.5 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Situated in Council Bluffs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mid-America Center, Joe's Karting, and Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Bluffs Run Greyhound Park ...

$76

$76
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Council Bluffs

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Council Bluffs

2141 S 35th Street, Council Bluffs
2.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (25 reviews)

Situated in Council Bluffs, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Joe's Karting and Mid-America Center. Horseshoe Council Bluffs and Bluffs Run Greyhound ...

$59

$59
Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs

Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs

2200 River Road, Council Bluffs
4.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

This family-friendly Council Bluffs hotel is located on a river, within 2 mi (3 km) of Western Historic Trails Center, Joe's Karting, and Dodge Riverside Golf ...

$93

$93
Harrahs Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino

Harrahs Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino

1 Harrahs Blvd, Council Bluffs
3.5 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (10 reviews)

Located in the heart of Council Bluffs, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dodge Riverside Golf Club and Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park. Joe's Karting ...

$79

$79
Western Inn

Western Inn

1842 Madison Ave., Council Bluffs
2.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of RailsWest Railroad Museum, Squirrel Cage Jail, and Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Bayliss Park and ...

$56

$56
Best Western Plus Omaha Airport Inn

Best Western Plus Omaha Airport Inn

2510 Abbott Plz, Carter Lake
2.5 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Creighton University. Freedom Park Navy Museum ...

$81

$81
Americinn Council Bluffs

Americinn Council Bluffs

1000 Woodbury Ave, Council Bluffs
2.5 out of 5.0
3.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Council Bluffs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of RailsWest Railroad Museum, Historic General Dodge House, and Squirrel Cage Jail. Union Pacific ...

$62

$62
Quality Inn & Suites

Quality Inn & Suites

3537 W Broadway, Council Bluffs
2.5 out of 5.0
2.9 out of 5 (14 reviews)

Located in the heart of Council Bluffs, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dodge Riverside Golf Club, Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park, and Joe's Karting. Bob ...

$55

$55

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