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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


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

Carstens 1880 Farmstead

Late 1880s farmstead and 80

Shelby, IA Museums

Squirrel Cage Jail

One of three remaining examples of the rotary cell jails, this three-story brick structure was completed in 1885 and featured a cage that rotated to allow jailers a view of all cells from a single vantage point. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Council Bluffs, IA Jails

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

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

Kanesville Tabernacle

Reconstructed log tabernacle, covered wagon, handcart, tools and artifacts near on the site where Brigham Young was sustained president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1847

Council Bluffs, IA Exhibits

Nishna Heritage Museum

Shows all phases of life in southwest Iowa, beginning with prehistoric animals. Collection of dolls, tools, wrenches and prehistoric rocks. See old-time ice wagon and traveling coach.

Oakland, IA Museums

Railswest Railroad Museum and HO Model Railroad

This 1899 Rock Island depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses an extensive operating model railroad, historic photos, dining car memorabilia,and uniforms. Also displayed on the grounds are two steam engines, a 1917 waycar, a club car, Railway Post Office car and caboose. 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

Hitchcock Nature Center

Located on the Loess Hills Scenic Byway, this park and wildlife preserve offers scenic views of over 1,000 acres of Loess Hills bluffs and native prairie. Hiking trails, accessible boardwalk trail, lodge, primitive camping, overlooks, wildlife viewing. New modern cabins, RV and tent campgrounds.

Honey Creek, IA Nature Centers

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