Have you heard about the UNleashCB winter photo contest yet? Our friends in Council Bluffs are hosting a photo contest where participants can enter up to five photos that depict winter in Pottawattamie County. The winner of the contest will win a brand-new GoPro HERO7 White! Be sure to check out UNleashCB’s website for the official contest rules and guidelines.

You don’t need fancy gear to participate. Grab your cellphone and explore winter in beautiful Pottawattamie County! Here’s a list of potential places to visit. Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors all season.

County Parks & Conservation Areas

We can all agree that Pottawattamie County is home to beautiful natural landscapes. The county parks and conservation areas are great places to get those back-to-nature experiences and images.

Arrowhead Park
Crescent Wildlife Area
Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area
Hitchcock Nature Center
Honey Creek Conservation Area
Olde Town Park
Wheeler Grove Conservation Area

Agricultural Symbol 

The agricultural symbol along Interstate 80 near Shelby is a 76-foot-tall steel sculpture that always turns heads! This piece of public art is unique and creates interesting photographs. Go check it out!

Octagon House

Located in Graceland Cemetery in Avoca, this unusual octagon building is a historic gem in Pottawattamie County. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a great architectural subject for a serene winter photo.

Mt. Crescent Ski Area

If you’re looking to enjoy fast-paced winter recreation, hit the slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Area! Not only will you have a great time burning off your cabin fever, but you will also be able to capture some gnarly action shots!

Eagle of Honor Statues

Did you know that each town in Pottawattamie County has an Eagle of Honor statue? These meaningful sculptures look beautiful in the winter and visiting each eagle is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Volkswagen Beetle Spider

Interested in photographing the most unique piece of public art in rural Pottawattamie County? You have to check out the menacing Volkswagen Beetle Spider in Avoca, Iowa! The sculpture is made of an old VW bug and other metal parts and is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Walnut's Mural Tour

Downtown Walnut is enhanced with beautiful murals and signs. While visiting, make it your mission to find them all and find the letter on each one to spell “Walnut”. This is a super fun family scavenger hunt, and the murals look beautiful next to a fresh layer of snow.

There are so many beautiful and unique places to see and photograph in Pottawattamie County. Winter offers up unique and peaceful views that you are unable to see the rest of the year. We hope you use this as an opportunity to explore and have fun during these difficult times.

If you have any questions about the photo contest, please contact Emma Schwaller, at eschwaller@UNleashCB.com.

This post was originally published on January 11, 2021 on the Watta Way blog.