Iowa Bucket List ~ West Central Region

Today’s Iowa region is a little longer as we move further south into the state. This region contains the city of Council Bluffs, which is just across the river from Omaha, Nebraska, so it has a bit more to offer!


  • Albert the Bull: Come see the World’s Largest Bull!
  • John James Audubon Plaza and Birdwalk: Beautiful plaza area with tile murals.

Coon Rapids

  • Whiterock Conservancy: Lots of hiking trails available in this river valley.

Council Bluffs

  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge: Pedestrian bridge that crosses the Missouri River and connects Council Bluffs to Omaha, NE.
  • Kanesville Tabernacle and Visitor Center: This was a hastily constructed log building created for the event of reorganizing the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
  • Lewis and Clark Monument and Scenic Overlooks: Offers great views of Big Lake Park.
  • Union Pacific Railroad Museum: Interactive museum about the history of the railroad.
  • Western Historic Trails Center: Explores the area’s pioneer history.

Elk Horn/Kimballton

  • Danish Windmill and Welcome Center: America’s only authentic working Danish windmill.
  • Little Mermaid Sculpture Garden: Replica of the Little Mermaid stature found in Denmark.
  • Museum of Danish America: Celebrates those with Danish roots who came to live the “American dream.”

Honey Creek

  • Hitchcock Nature Center: Prairie Refuge featuring 10 miles of trails.

Missouri Valley

  • Loess Hills Lavender Farm: Visit a lavender farm with gift shop.
  • Watson Steam Train: Take a ride on this miniature train.


  • Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, Keelboat and LMC Watercraft Displays: Features replicas of many watercraft used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

All attractions found in the Travel Iowa vacation guide.


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