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How to Spend 48 Hours in Council Bluffs

The potential for an unforgettable 48 hours in Council Bluffs is unequaled, whether exploring our great outdoor attractions or enjoying our indoor gems. Unconcern yourself with trip planning and follow our 48-hour itinerary to Unleash all that CB offers!

Day One: UNleash the Great Outdoors

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Play: Experience the Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Start your weekend getaway with a scenic bike ride or walk on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail. The tree-lined trail spans 63 miles and over 72 bridges through the breathtaking countryside. Don't have a bike with you? Rent a Heartland Bike Share bike at the trailhead.

Play: Explore Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park

Head to Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park to experience the Missouri River for more outdoor adventure and scenic views. Don't forget to walk across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, allowing you to stand in two states simultaneously.

Eat: Boxer BBQ

For lunch or dinner, unleash the unforgettable flavors at Boxer BBQ. This award-winning restaurant serves slow-smoked meats and delicious sides and sauces.

Stay: Camp at Hitchcock Nature Center

Spend a night nestled in the scenic Loess Hills at Hitchcock Nature Center. They have several options, including primitive backpack camping, camping cabins, tent camping, and numerous RV spots.

Day Two: Uncover our Indoor Gems

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Eat: Brunch at Caddy's Kitchen & Cocktails

Served on the weekends, you can enjoy a delightful brunch at Caddy's Kitchen & Cocktails. Enjoy favorites like biscuits and gravy or indulge in creative options like the white chocolate bread pudding french toast, or the breakfast burger. On the third Saturday of each month, Caddy’s hosts Drag Yourself to Brunch!

Play: Unleash railroad history at the Union Pacific Museum

Through hands-on, interactive technology and exhibits, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum brings to life the struggles of building the Transcontinental Railroad, President Abraham Lincoln's involvement, the history of passenger rail service, rail safety, and more. Housed in the city's original public library—built at the turn of the 20th century—the museum itself is a historic delight.

Play: Untap your creativity at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center

The Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center is a hub for creative activity in Pottawattamie County. It features educational classes for young learners, including ceramics, painting, and a STEAM makers lab. Adults will enjoy the ever-changing art exhibitions in the gallery and live performances by the American Midwest Ballet, Chanticleer Community Theater, and Kanesville Symphony Orchestra.

Eat: 712 eat + drink

712 eat + drink is a contemporary American restaurant named for the Council Bluffs area code. The menu is filled with scratch-made recipes featuring locally grown produce and natural, locally sourced proteins.

Drink: Enjoy a local brew at Full Fledged Brewing Co

Council Bluffs' first craft brewery, Full Fledged Brewing Company, has quickly become an ideal gathering place to enjoy a pint! They frequently host live music performances, trivia competitions, and more.

Stay: Unwind at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

This full-service hotel provides beautifully remodeled rooms, spa-like bathrooms, free parking, great views, complimentary breakfast, and a free airport shuttle!

Ready to Plan?

Use our interactive trip planner tool to help you plan your unforgettable getaway in Pottawattamie County! As you browse the website, look for the pin icon to save things to do, places to eat, events to attend, blogs, and more. Once you've curated your list, you can send it to yourself, share it with friends or family, and easily access it at any time! 

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