Cedar Rapids Iowa
Peaceful Cedar River views from a historic pedestrian bridge
- Major Airports:
- Des Moines (DSM)
Midwestern gem shines with melding of old and new
Historic Cultural Venues
Cedar Rapids celebrates its history by preserving its classic architecture. Stunning, ornate Paramount Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace and still hosts concerts, Broadway shows and dance performances. Take an educational stroll through one of several cultural centers, such as the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, the interactive Indian Creek Nature Center and the historic Queen Anne-style mansion and grounds known as the Brucemore estate. Don’t miss the Grant Wood collection at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. During the summer months of June through August, travel back to the late 1800s and early 20th century with a tour of Usher’s Ferry Historic Village for a glimpse of small-town farming life.
Take home locally produced foods, jewelry, soaps and more with a visit to shopping hub NewBo City Market. Or grab souvenirs and treats from the assortment of quirky shops, old and new, in the Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District. Established in the heart of the city by Czech immigrants, this bustling area is also a hub for the arts and festivals. For made-in-Iowa fare, grab lunch at Farmer’s Daughter’s Market before checking out the market’s locally made goods.
Fresh Takes on Food and Drink
Cedar Rapids is home to dining options for virtually every palate. Go upscale with the seasonal menu at award-winning Cobble Hill Eatery & Dispensary. Enjoy an Italian meal in the historic People’s Savings Bank that’s now elegant Popoli Ristorante and Sullivan’s Bar. Sip a craft cocktail or beer while sharing an appetizer at hip, modern White Star Ale House. Looking to quench your thirst? Cedar Rapids is home to many award-winning wineries and breweries, such as Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, Lion Bridge Brewing Company, Iowa Brewing Company and Another Road Brewing.
Famous artist and Iowan Grant Wood created the iconic painting “American Gothic” in his studio in Cedar Rapids.