Located along the Missouri river on the western edge of Iowa; Council Bluffs is a city that offers activities and diversions for all types of travelers. You can visit the Dodge House, which was named a National Historical Landmark in 1961, or the Squirrel Cage Jail, where the cells rotate around a hub in the center. The Union Pacific Museum is a major attraction too, and close to several hotel choices. It's located in the old Council Bluffs Public Library, founded in 1905 as a Carnegie Library. For travelers looking to do a bit of gambling, there are three riverboat casinos nearby; only Binion's Horseshoe has a poker room.
Council Bluffs has a municipal airport (CFB), but the nearest major airport is Eppley Airfield (OMA), located just across the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska. Public transportation runs throughout the metro area, and most travelers should be able to get where they need to go by bus. An interactive map of the routes is maintained online by the City of Council Bluffs.
In this part of the United States, the weather may vary widely based on the time of year. Temperatures consistently top 100 degrees in the summer and are often below zero in the winter. Snow is common during the winters in Council Bluffs, so prepare accordingly. During the fall, you can catch the Fields of Flight Hot Air Balloon Festival, which features twenty balloons along with food vendors and bands, hayrack rides, cider making and other activities.