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10 Reasons to Visit Pottawattamie County

Our communities have welcoming atmospheres, rich heritage, and passionate locals, making Pottawattamie County a great destination. From annual events, local trails and parks, and historic locations, here are ten reasons to visit us this year!

1. Outstanding Recreational Trails

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

There's no better way to see our area than by foot or bike on one of our many trails. Local favorites include the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail, and the newly opened FIRST Ave Trail. Plan your next trek with our trails list and an interactive map!

2. Unforgettable Shopping

The Olive Branch - Council Bluffs

Whether shopping for a special someone, treating yourself, or looking for something to fill a Saturday afternoon, you'll find great shopping options in Pottawattamie County! Check out numerous antique shops in Walnut or our beautiful boutiques like The Occasional Collective in Treynor, The Olive Branch or Dusted Charm in Council Bluffs, and The Unique Boutique Iowa in Underwood!

3. Delicious Dining

Nesting Grounds - Underwood

You don't have to search far to find delicious dining options in our communities! Experience the flavors at Garcia's Family Mexican Restaurant in Underwood, Silo's in Treynor, or Henry's Diner in Crescent. Looking for something sweet or caffeinated? Check out Nesting Grounds in Underwood and Destination Coffee & Cuisine in Oakland!

4. Tons and Tons of History to Discover

Monroe One-Room Country Schoolhouse - Walnut

Take a trip back in time by visiting our local museums! Several museums, including the Sweet Vale of Avoca, Monroe One-Room Country Schoolhouse in Walnut, Nishna Heritage Museum in Oakland, and Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, tell important stories from the past.

5. Experience the Loess Hills

Loess Hills National Scenic Byway

The Loess Hills are home to some of Iowa's most extensive remnant prairies and rare plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world! Learn about this important landform at the Loess Hills Lodge Interpretive Facility at Hitchcock Nature Center, or drive along the nationally ranked Loess Hills National Scenic Byway for the best views!

6. Top-Notch Parks and Conservation Areas

Hitchcock Nature Center - Honey Creek 

The Pottawattamie County Parks and habitat areas showcase the county's diverse landforms and variety of outdoor activities. Explore the beauty of our region by visiting Hitchcock Nature Center, Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend, Old Town, Narrows River Park, and the West Nishnabotna River Water Trail!

7. Great Live Music and Entertainment

Stir Concert Cove - Council Bluffs

Stir Concert Cove and Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs come to life in the summer with rocking performances from nationally acclaimed performers! You can watch our talented locals perform at the Grist Mill McCready Theater in Macedonia or catch the latest movie at the Dreamland Theatre in Carson or the Phoenix Theater in Neola.

8. Inspiring Art to See

Penny's Vision Gallery - Neola 

Pottawattamie County is home to many talented artists. Explore art from all around the Southwest Iowa region at the annual Southwest Iowa Art Tour in September! See local artists' work at Penny's Vision Gallery in Neola, The Painted Camel Gallery in Macedonia, or Pottery by the Creek in Carson.

9. Quirky Experiences

Volkswagen Beetle Spider - Avoca

Check out some of our quirky and unforgettable attractions, like the giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider in Avoca, the Stempel Bird Museum in Macedonia, or try out a goat yoga class at Honey Creek Creamery in the springtime!

10. Wine & Brews

Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery - Treynor 

Take in panoramic views of the countryside while enjoying award-winning wine at Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery in Treynor. If beer is more your style, check out Full Fledged Brewing Company in Council Bluffs!

Wait! There's More!

For more ideas of things to do in Pottawattamie County, browse our list of attractionsrestaurantshotels, and our calendar of events! We're sure you'll find something that tickles your fancy.

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