Destination guide

Chip slapping Council Bluffs

You'll be able to hear the chips slapping and the One Arm Bandit rolls as soon as you cross the state border from Nebraska to little Council Bluffs. Officially a part of Iowa, the place is unceremoniously wedged into the eastern haunch of Omaha. But the locals don't mind – it offers them a medley of glitzy casinos, blackjack tables, glamorous poker halls, and theater entertainments, not to mention glimpses of the old Union Pacific Railroad, and a gateway to Iowa's leafy backcountry. Search for Council Bluffs vacation rentals this season if that sounds like your sort of thing…

Things to do

See American history in Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs vacation rentals aren't just for card sharks and poker players, they also offer a base for the dedicated follower of American history. You could head down to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, to see where Mile 0 of the iconic transcontinental route was designated by one Abraham Lincoln back in 1869. Or, you could check out the National Historic Register spot at Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail, with its curious cells and tales of hauntings. And then there's the Western Historic Trails Center, to help unravel tales of the Mormon pioneers and the Gold Rush of yesteryear.


Find your poker face in Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs vacation rentals close to Interstate 80 are surrounded by some of the city's top-rated casinos and games halls. That means oodles of heart-thumping blackjack rounds, Hold'em showdowns, and spins on the wheel of fortune, all thrown together with evening singing shows, stand-up comedy acts, and big-name concerts. Meanwhile, all-American steakhouses sizzle on the streets outside for those traveling foodies in search of the Iowa local, and sprawling shopping malls entice anyone who's keener on splashing their cash on designer gear than stacking the poker chips.


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There's really no better time to go in search of those Council Bluffs vacation rentals than the late summer and fall. That's when the mercury levels finally drop and daytime temperatures hover around the enjoyable mid-70s. Meanwhile, the pleasant warmth is matched with plenty of sun, making for prime walking and sightseeing conditions. And if there is any rain, you can always duck into the nearest casino for a round or 2 of cards…

Natural features

Leaving the plains behind in Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs is caressed by the meanders of the Missouri River on the one side and surrounded by the sweeping prairie plains of the Midwest on the other. And while most vacationers head here for a convenient base on the edge of Omaha city, others will enjoy driving excursions around the flatlands of central Iowa, or fishing trips down the snaking waterways to the south. For a real getaway though, head north. That's where wooden cabins and silt lakes hide between the sylvan valleys of the Loess Hills State Forest – a top spot for hiking and cross-country skiing.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Council Bluffs

The nearest airport is in Omaha, NE (OMA-Eppley Field), located 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Omaha, NE (MIQ-Millard), which is 14.8 mi (23.9 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Council Bluffs?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 136 vacation rentals near Council Bluffs. From 102 Houses to 2 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Council Bluffs for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Council Bluffs?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Council Bluffs:

  • West Omaha: 19 vacation rentals
  • Dahlman: 17 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 25 vacation rentals
  • Midtown: 30 vacation rentals
  • Millard: 99 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Council Bluffs?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Council Bluffs. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Manawa State Park: 133 vacation rentals
  • Mid-America Center: 144 vacation rentals
  • Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino: 141 vacation rentals
  • Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park: 144 vacation rentals
  • Bayliss Park: 138 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Council Bluffs listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Council Bluffs?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 102 Houses in Council Bluffs. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Council Bluffs include:

  • Cabins: 2 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 22 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Council Bluffs?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 7 vacation rentals with pool available in Council Bluffs. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.