Iowa City is a lively university town combining a youthful, energetic vibe with classic Midwestern hospitality. Typical vacation accommodations and lodging available here include spacious house rentals with a yard in a leafy, quiet setting. You'll also find smaller cozy cottages perfect for an intimate getaway. With a local vacation rental as your base, you'll enjoy the cultural and natural delights that make Iowa City special.
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Popular Rental Amenities in Iowa City
Iowa City is a great vacation spot if you want a property with a pool, as 66% of the accommodations there include one. Interestingly, HomeToGo's data shows that more hotel room offer a pool than apartment rental. Also, they can welcome 5 people, on average, while apartment rental with pools can accommodate an average of 4 people. If you would also like to be close to the water, nearly all of the properties including a pool are within 2 miles of the waterfront.
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Lively Bistros, Wine Bars, and More
You'll love the wide range of dining and drinking options in Iowa City. The city's reputation as a regional cultural center is reflected in the variety of cuisines found here, from Moroccan and Italian to solid Midwestern fare. The Iowa River Power Restaurant is a distinctive venue housed in the former Coralville Power Plant. Inside, you'll find quality American offerings such as prime rib and lobster tail in a sophisticated and interesting atmosphere.
For something more low key, head to the Hamburg Inn No. 2 on North Linn Street. A down-home American diner, this eatery has won multiple awards for their creations, including its Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie and the legendary 'Pie Shake'. If you're looking for Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, don't miss Orchard Green Restaurant on South Gilbert Street, which offers gourmet meals in a stylish setting.
Art and Culture in the City of Literature
Iowa City was named the third UNESCO City of Literature in 2008, reflecting the strong literature, arts, and culture scene here. In fact, Iowa City is often called the "Athens of the Midwest", due in large part to the University of Iowa's presence here. The city hosts the Iowa City Book Festival every October, celebrating all things books and reading. Continuing the celebration of writing, learn about the city's rich literary history with a walking tour of the city's sites relating to notable figures and events.
It's not just about books in Iowa City. You can also enjoy independent and documentary films at FilmScene, a local non-profit cinema with regular screenings. The historic Englert Civic Theatre also has a full schedule of live comedy, music, and drama productions. Art lovers shouldn't miss the Iowa Artisans Gallery, which showcases and sells artisanal gifts, with a focus on Midwestern artists.
Family Fun in Iowa City
If you're visiting with children, there's plenty of ways to keep the little ones entertained. The Iowa Children's Museum, located in Coralville just outside of Iowa City, is fun, educational, and extremely popular. The museum has a range of interactive permanent exhibits focusing on the arts, science, financial literacy, and health. There's also a whole slate of special events and workshops that are great for kids and families.
The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is another fun choice for families. The oldest museum west of the Mississippi River, it has a wide range of geological and natural exhibitions. Check out the Biosphere Discovery Hub and the Laysan Island Cyclorama which simulates a 360-degree view of a Hawaiian island.
Excursions Around Iowa City
There's plenty of excursions and activities in and around Iowa City. The Devonian Fossil Gorge, located just northeast of town, is a fascinating archaeological site where you can see the remains of the ancient ocean floor dating back 375 million years. Continuing a glimpse into the past, head to the Amana Colonies, a convenient drive from downtown Iowa City. This series of seven villages was originally founded by German settlers, and features classic architecture, restaurants, shops, and workshops recalling its unique heritage.
A little further afield in Le Claire, around 65mi from Iowa City, you can see the mighty Mississippi River as it winds its way between Iowa and Illinois. In Le Claire, take a boat tour up the Mississippi, including twilight tours which are a charming, romantic way to experience the river. In town, explore the Buffalo Bill Museum, which honors the famed Wild West figure William Cody.
County Fairs, Food Festivals, and Summer Jazz
As the region's cultural center, Iowa City is never short of fun events that capture its character. County fairs are important institutions in Midwestern life, and Iowa City is no exception. One of the major events on the local calendar is the Johnson County Fair, held every July. The fair has agricultural displays, livestock competitions, pony races, and youth-oriented events.
Also held every July is the Iowa City Jazz Festival, a three-day celebration of jazz music featuring local and national artists. This festival centered around Clinton Street always happens on the 4th of July weekend. In August, the city becomes a culinary paradise at the Taste of Iowa City, celebrating the great food and diversity of its Downtown and Northside-area restaurants. Guests can sample from the menus of over 50 businesses.
Information about vacation rentals in Iowa City
|🏡 Vacation rentals||278 properties|
|💳 Possible discounts||up to 52%|
|🌙 Nightly prices starting at||$81|
|⭐ Popular amenities||Internet, TV and Air conditioning|
|🐾 Pet friendly accommodations||32 properties|
|🏊 Vacation rentals with pools||206 properties|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average nightly price for a vacation rental in Iowa City?
The average accommodation in Iowa City is priced at $81 per night. If you’re interested in a house rental, the average price is $465 per night. A bed & breakfast Iowa City will cost $208 per night on average.
How many vacation rentals are available for booking in Iowa City?
Currently there are 278 vacation rentals in Iowa City to choose from and rent for your next trip.
What are the most popular amenities for vacation rentals in Iowa City?
Most travelers search for TV, Internet, and Air conditioning when booking a vacation rental in Iowa City.
How many vacation homes with pools are in Iowa City?
Iowa City has 206 Hotel room and Apartment rental available for booking.
Are dogs allowed in vacation homes in Iowa City?
Finding a vacation rental in Iowa City that allows pets is possible, with 32 pet-friendly available.
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