You may feel like you know everything there is to know about your city, but there is always something new to learn and discover. When you travel locally, you help your local businesses thrive, which in turn helps employ your friends, family, and neighbors. Here are some easy ways to enjoy a budget-friendly staycation in Council Bluffs!

1. Book a Hotel Stay!

@katieleuleu at Ameristar Casino Hotel

Unleash the whole tourist experience by staying overnight in a Council Bluffs hotel! Staying in a hotel is a great way to escape from the repetitiveness of everyday life—no worrying about chores here. Find the complete list of hotel properties in Council Bluffs here

2. Browse our Visitors Guide

Chances are you’ve never browsed the visitor guide for your hometown. Check out the digital version of our Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County visitor guide here and see how many places you’ve yet to visit or activities you’ve never experienced!  

3. Take Touristy Photos throughout Town

@lex.kelly_ on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

See Council Bluffs through a new lens by taking your camera with you! Visit the murals in town and take the most Instagram-worthy photo. Visit one of our local parks and try out nature photography. Take pictures of local places that bring back memories or are important to you and your friends and family. This might just give you a new and fresh perspective of the place you call home.

4. Try a New Restaurant

@sevenonetwo on Instagram

There are so many delicious locally-owned restaurants in Council Bluffs. Be a tourist and try something new! Whether you prefer to dine in on a patio or would rather grab carryout for a picnic in the park, there are tons of options available. Check out the complete list of restaurants here!

5. Learn More About the Local History

Emma, our associate director of content, at the Squirrel Cage Jail

Council Bluffs has a rich history, and there is so much to learn! Try visiting one of our local museums to uncover the stories that built the town. Stop by our historical monuments and read interesting historical facts. Please browse our list of attractions and museums here.

We would love to hear what you learned, discovered, or revisited during your staycation! Tag us in your social media photos, use the hashtag #UNleashCB or send us an email at eschwaller@unleashcb.com and tell us about your experience. This is the best way to attract future visitors to our town and grow our local business economy. Visitors want to hear from the people who live and love their home!

This post was originally published on May 7, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.