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A quick look at Council Bluffs

Courtesy Travel Iowa

Council Bluffs CVB
149 W. Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

What’s new: The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge to link two states, connects Council Bluffs and Omaha, Neb. Named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, the bridge is curved to echo the path of the Missouri River. At its center, visitors stand about 60 feet above the water. The bridge connects to 150 miles of trails on each side of the river.
Kudos: Council Bluffs has been rated Iowa’s No. 1 city for tourism a number of times, most recently in 2007.

Rooms: There are 2,100 hotel rooms in Council Bluffs, including 661 rooms within walking distance its convention center and arena, the MAC.

Location: Council Bluffs is in the southwestern corner of Iowa, directly across the Missouri River from Omaha. The city is 52 miles east of Lincoln, Neb.; 118 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa; 180 miles north of Kansas City, Mo.; 348 miles northwest of St. Louis; and 372 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

Transportation: Omaha’s Eppley Airfield is 10 minutes north of downtown Council Bluffs. Eppley has 88 flights per day with direct connections to 16 cities. Interstates 29 and 80 intersect in Council Bluffs.