Cedar Rapids, IA

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Cedar Rapids featuring a river or creek, modern architecture and skyline

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

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 $84 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (405 reviews)
"It was a fine facility. The staff was alright in friendliness. We had some amenities missing from our room and there were crumbs in our bed and scuff marks on the bathroom door. We were given a connecting room when we didn't ask for it which made us slightly uncomfortable."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Tru by Hilton Cedar Rapids Westdale
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
3.5 out of 5
7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
The price is $149 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hawkeye Downs Speedway Expo Center, Czech Village, and National Czech and Slovak Museum ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (362 reviews)
"One of the best hotels we've stayed at!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids CID Eastern Iowa Airport
Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids CID Eastern Iowa Airport
2.5 out of 5
710 America Drive, SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
The price is $88 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Situated in Cedar Rapids, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hawkeye Downs Speedway Expo Center, Westdale Mall, and Czech Village. National Czech and Slovak ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (241 reviews)
"I thought being a suite there would be 2 TVs. Staff excellent"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids CID Eastern Iowa Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pine Home with Spa
Pine Home with Spa
Cedar Rapids, IA
The price is $95 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in Cedar Rapids, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Physican's Clinic of Iowa, UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Nice home
"Our group of five adults spent two nights in this nicely renovated home. There was more than enough space for our group and the location worked well for accessing other places in Cedar Rapids. I would definitely consider staying here the next time I visit."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Pine Home with Spa
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cedar Rapids-North
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cedar Rapids-North
3 out of 5
1140 Park Pl Ne, Cedar Rapids, IA
The price is $106 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Situated in Cedar Rapids, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Rockwell Collins and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lindale Mall. Coe College and Alliant Energy PowerHouse ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (532 reviews)
"Very clean and quiet."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cedar Rapids-North
Beautiful Home Away from Home!
Beautiful Home Away from Home!
Cedar Rapids, IA
This family-friendly Cedar Rapids vacation home is located on a river, within 3 mi (5 km) of St Lukes Hospital, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and Westdale Mall. Paramount ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Visiting Iowa
"Check in was easy. With GPS was very easy to get around. We recommend The American Skillet for meals, especially breakfast. Would recommend getting hand towel racks and bath towel bars for both bathrooms, suitcase racks for bedrooms, and some coffee cups and a paper towel holder for the kitchen. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Beautiful Home Away from Home!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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