Iowa City, IA

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Iowa Museum of Natural History featuring an administrative buidling and heritage architecture

Iowa’s former state capital is an exciting cultural destination with a Literary Walk, museums, theaters and festivals to enjoy.

With its annual book festival and writing programs that have produced dozens of great authors, many of themhonored in a “walk of fame,” Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature. Find different entertainment in itsNorthside Marketplace, downtown venues and riverside parks.

About 70,000 people call Iowa City home. Many of the residents have ties to the local university and its hospital.The University of Iowa was the state’s gift to the city when it was decided that Des Moines would replace Iowaas the state capital in 1857.

It’s easy to explore Iowa City on foot. Use public buses to venture beyond the downtown district or hop aboard a free Cambus totravel between major university destinations. If you are driving, selected lots in the central area have free parking for the first hour.Bike trails weave in and out of the city taking you to and from points of interest, dining and entertainment. Eastern Iowa Airport islocated 20 miles (30 kilometers) north in Cedar Rapids.

Admire the exhibits in various locations from the University of Iowa Museum of Art called UIMA or explore theOld Capitol Building to see where the state government used to meet. Let the children run free at the Iowa Children’s Museum or the playground in City Plaza, or “Ped Mall.” Live music almost every Friday and Saturday on the “Ped Mall”along with festivals sprinkled throughout the year.

John Irving and Flannery O’Connor are among the famous writers that were graduates from the University ofIowa’s prestigious Writers’ Workshop. Follow Iowa Avenue’s Literary Walk to read plaques dedicated to 49writers of fame. Kids can swap a book at Little Free Libraries; tiny public book deposits that you can findeverywhere. Every summer, the Iowa Book Festival hosts some of the best international authors.

At night, watch a game in a sports bar or an independent movie at FilmScene. The Englert, a 1912 theatre house was renovated in 2004 andreopened to host live performances for the first time in over 60 years. Nationally renowned artists along withtalented locals showcase at the Englert Theatre.

With so much love for culture, books and poetry, it’s no wonder that Iowa City received the title City of Literaturein 2008. Visit any time of year to experience this lively college town with its Midwestern charm.

Where to stay in Iowa City

Travelodge by Wyndham Iowa City
Travelodge by Wyndham Iowa City
2 out of 5
2216 N Dodge St, Iowa City, IA
The price is $73 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Situated in Iowa City, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Iowa, Mercy Hospital, and University of Iowa Health Care. Iowa City Public Library and ...
3.6/5 Good! (965 reviews)
"The size of the rooms was very spacious."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

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The Highlander Hotel
The Highlander Hotel
4 out of 5
2525 Highlander Place, Iowa City, IA
The price is $142 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
This family-friendly Iowa City hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Iowa and Mercy Hospital. Iowa City Public Library and Xtream ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (106 reviews)
"Excellent service"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

The Highlander Hotel
Graduate Iowa City
Graduate Iowa City
4 out of 5
210 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA
The price is $99 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in the heart of Iowa City, this hotel is steps from University of Iowa and Iowa City Public Library. University of Iowa Health Care and Old Capitol Museum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (898 reviews)
"Great place to stay"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

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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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Spacious 4 BR Home! ☆ Convenient Location📍
Tiffin, IA
The price is $225 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Situated in Iowa City, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Coral Ridge Mall, F.W. Kent Park, and University of Iowa. Coralville VA Care Clinic and Xtream ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
College Visit
"Great place. Easy access to U of I too!! Perfect for our college visit and the football game!!"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

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IOWA CITY**DOWNTOWN*HOSPITAL*KINNICK STADIUM*WIFI*free park
Iowa City, IA
Situated in Iowa City, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of University of Iowa and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Comfortable, clean, lots of amenities, right near Kinnick Stadium!
"This attractive and quiet studio apartment is in a nice, well tended building with great security. It’s in walking distance of Kinnick Stadium. The kitchen facilities have everything you would need to make meals and save money at restaurants. Secure Parking is in the lower level. Staci, our contact, ..."

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

IOWA CITY**DOWNTOWN*HOSPITAL*KINNICK STADIUM*WIFI*free park
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DOWNTOWN*HOSPITAL*KINNICK STADIUM*WIFI*PARK FREE
Iowa City, IA
Situated in Iowa City, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of University of Iowa and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Perfect comfort and cost
"We had a great experience with this rental. The owner communicated well and extremely prompt! Sometimes she responded within MINUTES! Check-in directions were clear and concise. It's in a great location and the amenities were exactly what a couple needed for a night away! We would definitely stay ..."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

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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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