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Southwest Iowa

Southwestern Iowa exudes its western flair with a championship rodeo and superb game hunting. Visit a one-room schoolhouse for a glimpse of prairie life a century ago. Or, camp at the edge of a lake, and let peace and tranquility wash over you.

Explore Southwest Iowa


Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Explore 140 years of American railroad history, from the origins of the nation's first transcontinental railroad in 1862 to the advanced technology of modern-day railroading. New permanent interactive exhibit "Working on the Railroad" offers a firsthand look at modern railroading.

Council Bluffs, IA Museums

Sweet Vale of Avoca Heritage Museum

Large taxidermy collection of animals from all over the world. Historical displays, collection of 1899-2005 Danish plates.

Avoca, IA Museums


Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel

Casino with more than 1,200 slots and 30 table games. Hotel, convention center, rooftop restaurant, buffet, diner, and lounge.

Council Bluffs, IA Casinos

Taylor County Historical Museum and Round Barn

Four-acre complex with 110-year-old log cabin, furnished rural schoolhouse, restored caboose and old depot, museum building, print shop and bank building, and small chapel. Rare, historic round barn.

Bedford, IA Museums


Historic General Dodge House

Victorian house museum built by Grenville and Mrs. Dodge in 1869-70 is a National Historic Landmark. Dodge was a Civil War General, railroad builder, banker and politician. Holiday decorations include 25 Christmas trees in a variety of styles. Summer garden walk each July, annual fall tea.

Council Bluffs, IA Museums

Ameristar Casino Hotel

Riverboat casino features more than 1,500 slot machines and 37 table games. Four restaurants, 160 hotel rooms, children's activity center.

Council Bluffs, IA Casinos

Breezy Hills Vineyard and Winery

Family-owned winery on the edge of the Loess Hills offers a large selection of handcrafted grape and other fruit wines. From this hilltop location, enjoy panoramic views of the countryside and adjacent peach and apple orchard. Wine tasting, vineyard and winery tours, gift shop, special events.

Minden, IA Wineries

Lake Manawa Boating

The lake typically is a favorite spot for boaters and Sailing so expect a bit of company while on the lake. There is a boat Launch Ramp, Boat Rental, Canoe Rental, Kayak Rentals, and Paddle Boat Rental opportunities at the concession area. \"\"\"

, IA Boating


Explore Southwest Iowa