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Cedar RapidsUnited States of America

Come to Cedar Rapids, a blossoming cultural and artistic hub, to see its gorgeous parklands, expansive galleries and the beloved Brucemore heritage mansion.

Absorb the atmosphere of Cedar Rapids, a rapidly growing city situated along the banks of the Cedar River in Iowa. Here you’ll see artistic centers that blend the old and the new alongside parks and unique historic landmarks that preserve the past of the American Midwest.

Get up early and head to the markets in the north of the city. The Farmer’s Daughters market has fresh, locally sourced produce from farms in the area. Get around using the public bus system or by taxis, which are cheap and reliable.

Cedar Rapids has 3,360 acres (1,360 hectares) of parkland to explore. Fish for trout, scuba dive or canoe at the Prairie Park Fishery. The 65-acre (26-hectare) lake and surrounding park also offers opportunities for hiking, biking and bird watching.

Go on a wine-tasting tour of the county’s local vineyards. Wineries just outside Cedar Rapids are surrounded by rolling hills and offer tasting and lunch menus.

Art and culture lovers will be delighted by the exhibitions at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, which has thousands of pieces which span 2,000 years of craftsmanship. Visit the historic Brucemore mansion north of downtown. The restored 19th-century mansion lies on a 26 acres (10.5 hectares) estate and hosts regular concerts and theater performances. Check the official Brucemore website for timetables of events.

Engage with history at the African American Historical Museum and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, where you’ll learn about the state’s immigrant past. Take children to the Iowa Children’s Museum for an interactive experience of science. Visit the Ushers Ferry Historic Village, where actors and buildings depict life in an Iowan village at the start of the 20th century.

Rent a car and drive to the Indian Creek Nature Center just outside the town. Here you’ll find 330 acres (133 hectares) of preserved prairies, wetlands and woods that Iowa is known for.

Where to stay in Cedar Rapids

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library featuring interior views and heritage elements

Southwest Area

3.5/5Good!(161 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Southwest Area, Czech Village and National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library are top sights worth seeing.

Southwest Area

Top Hotels in Cedar Rapids

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tru by Hilton Cedar Rapids Westdale
Tru by Hilton Cedar Rapids Westdale
2.5 out of 5
3900 Westdale Pkwy Sw, Cedar Rapids, IA
The price is $67 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Situated in Cedar Rapids, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Lukes Hospital and Westdale Mall. Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and Veterans Memorial Stadium ...

4.4/5Excellent! (287 reviews)

"Good friendly staff and had great Covid restrictions. I highly recommend. Only drawback was the construction outside, but hotel was great!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Tru by Hilton Cedar Rapids Westdale
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cedar Rapids
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cedar Rapids
2.5 out of 5
1220 Park Place NE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Noelridge Park and Rockwell Collins. Lindale Mall is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

4.2/5Very Good! (952 reviews)

"Very friendly and everything was clean! We have our dog baby with us and it is very dog friendly. Close to restaurants and stores as well."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Cedar Rapids
Hampton Inn - Cedar Rapids
Hampton Inn - Cedar Rapids
2.5 out of 5
3265 6th St Sw, Cedar Rapids, IA
The price is $87 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Located in Southwest Area, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Hawkeye Downs Speedway Expo Center and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from US Cellular Center. Czech Village and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (501 reviews)

"Clean, comfortable room. Very impressed by the steps taken to disinfect/clean during covid 19."…"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Hampton Inn - Cedar Rapids

Vacation Rentals in Cedar Rapids

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
CR Short Stays
CR Short Stays
4 out of 5
600 1st Avenue Northwest, Cedar Rapids, IA

Situated in Cedar Rapids, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Veterans Memorial Stadium and US Cellular Center. Paramount Theatre and Cedar Rapids Ice ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"Very clean and spacious house, great location. Vague communication led to confusion at check in and check out, easily solved with a “house rules” folder in the property"…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2018

CR Short Stays
Nice Neighborhood Located Off of I-380 5 Mins to Downtown & Newbo & Airport
Nice Neighborhood Located Off of I-380 5 Mins to Downtown & Newbo & Airport
Cedar Rapids, IA

Located in Southwest Area, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Czech Village and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from US Cellular Center. National Czech and Slovak Museum ...

2/5 (1 review)
Germaphobic & elderly avoid this one

"My husband, my mom & I stayed for 3 days/2 nights in this house to attend a nephew's wedding. We had a 6 hour trip to get here. Elias was instantly available by phone call & by text every single time I contacted him. He was very patient with my severely lacking knowledge of technology with the tv ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

Nice Neighborhood Located Off of I-380 5 Mins to Downtown & Newbo & Airport
Spacious 2 Level Apartment Above Pro Video on 6th Street NW in Cedar Rapids
Spacious 2 Level Apartment Above Pro Video on 6th Street NW in Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, IA
The price is $72 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 14

Situated in Cedar Rapids, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Veterans Memorial Stadium and US Cellular Center. Paramount Theatre and Cedar ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Traffic but river

"Traffic was somewhat loud but a/c muffled it. Very near the river with a nice walkable path. The whole process was smooth, apartment had everything we needed."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Spacious 2 Level Apartment Above Pro Video on 6th Street NW in Cedar Rapids

Popular places to visit in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
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Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

4/5(14 reviews)

Examine the Roman busts and contemporary pieces and enjoy the world’s largest collection of paintings by Iowa native Grant Wood.

Brucemore
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Brucemore

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Go for a woodland walk and learn through guided tours and exhibits about the three families who lived on this grandiose estate.

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
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National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

3/5(3 reviews)

Embrace typical Czech and Slovak customs, learn about their immigration route to the U.S. and see a typical home for settlers.

Top things to do in Cedar Rapids

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Iowa
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Iowa

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Iowa
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Iowa

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Iowa
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Iowa

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Cedar Rapids

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 29, 2020

Will be back

5/5 - Excellent

Don

Apr 25, 2020

Will certainly be back!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

We’ve stayed in Cedar Rapids a couple of times now. Downtown is pretty impressive.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

NewBo CIty Market is excellent.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Love the Iowa Equestrian Center facility!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

My daughter is planning on attending Coe College in the Fall. We feel the city is just big enough without being overwhelming. Coe College has a beautifully contained campus that will give her both of 2 worlds, small campus life with big city feel.

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