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Southwest Iowa

Southwest Iowa, a landscape of rolling hills and fertile farmland, is a region that exudes rural charm and a deep sense of history. This corner of the state, less traveled yet full of surprises, offers a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, inviting visitors to slow down and savor the simpler pleasures.

Council Bluffs, the gateway to Southwest Iowa, stands as a testament to the region’s rich pioneer and railroad history. The Union Pacific Railroad Museum and the historic General Dodge House transport visitors back in time, while the city’s modern casinos and entertainment venues provide contemporary thrills. The nearby Lewis and Clark Monument offers sweeping views of the Missouri River valley, marking the explorers’ historic journey.

Venturing into the heartland, Southwest Iowa’s small towns are a patchwork of Americana. Glenwood’s scenic byways and antique shops encapsulate the region’s charm, while the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, a converted railroad path, provides miles of peaceful cycling and hiking amidst the beauty of the changing seasons.

The Loess Hills, a unique geological formation stretching along the western edge of the state, are a highlight of the region. This ancient landscape of wind-blown silt offers a unique ecosystem of prairies and forests, best explored through the scenic byways and trails that crisscross the area. The Hitchcock Nature Center, nestled in the heart of the hills, serves as an ideal starting point for nature walks and birdwatching.

Southwest Iowa, with its blend of historical attractions, natural beauty, and rural hospitality, offers a slice of authentic Midwestern life. It’s a place where travelers can step back in time, connect with nature, and enjoy the quiet rhythm of country living.

All things Council Bluffs

I’ve spent a lot of time in Council Bluffs over the years, first for work and now as a visitor. Here are a few stories to help you explore this city in Pottawattamie County!

Hiking at Lewis & Clark trail in Council Bluffs, Iowa

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