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Buzzing with a youthful vibe thanks to its energetic student population, Iowa City merges the best of the past with the brightest of the future. History buffs will be captivated with a trove of museums and historical landmarks, whilst culture junkies will have their appetites well sated with the city’s rich arty offerings. Iowa City’s energy is most evident in its vibrant downtown district, the commercial epicenter and host of many pulsing events, such as the annual Jazz and Arts festivals.

Things to see

Spanning 1,900-acres centered along the banks of the Iowa River, the University of Iowa is one of the city’s most vibrant gems. The campus’ main draw is the Pentacrest, a collection of 5 grand historical buildings. The most important of these is the Old Capitol Building, a Greek Revival structure crowned with a glinting gold-leaf dome. Now a free museum, visitors can explore the ornate marble and wood clad interior, offices, and legislative chambers, all appearing as much as they did during the mid-19th century. Also on campus you’ll find the Iowa Museum of Natural History. Founded in 1858, the imposing building houses a captivating collection of birds, mammals, and Native American artifacts. If that’s a little tame for your tastes however, then check out the wildlife at Blank Park Zoo. The 22-acre site is home to more than 1,400 animals of all shapes and sizes, from majestic lions to cute and charismatic red pandas.

Hotels in Iowa City

Whatever your taste, needs, or budget, there are hotels in Iowa City to tick all your boxes. If you’re all about the finer things, the city offers a handful of large luxury laden options. Amenities to expect include swimming pools, fitness centers, spas, and plush contemporary rooms with all the mod cons. Whether you prefer the familiarity of a chain name or the homeliness of a B&B, the mid-range and budget hotels also come comfortably appointed. In the larger establishments you’ll get all the extras, such as premium bedding, WiFi, and satellite televisions, whilst B&Bs add a more personal touch to your stay.

Where to stay

A hotel in Iowa City’s leafy downtown district puts you in amongst the action and let’s you soak up the local flavor that little bit more. Brimming with history, culture, and a barrage of brand name shops and independently owned boutiques, there’s plenty to see and do here for everyone. Foodies will have a pick of restaurants to tantalize their taste buds, whilst entertainment comes in the form of a street performance or in a top notch venue. At the north end of the walkable district, you’ll find the commercial bustle and Old World charm of the Northside Marketplace - the site of the city’s Oktoberfest.

How to get to Iowa City

The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids is Iowa City’s closest airport. Whilst is serves a handful of destinations within the United States, those coming from further afield will have to connect via a larger airport. Flights to major airports such as Chicago’s O’Hare International and Denver International are made daily. Once you’ve landed getting into Iowa City is best done with a taxi or pre-booked private shuttle. For a cheaper way in, the city is also reachable via the Greyhound and Megabus coach services.

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