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The second largest city in Iowa and the county seat of Linn county is Cedar Rapids. It lies on the banks of the Cedar River and has a population of over 120,000 people. Make this place one of your destinations in 2021 and you will not regret it.
Cedar Rapids History
Cedar Rapids is located on the territory of Fox and Sac tribes. The founders of the city were George Greene, Nicholas Brown and a few others. The city was legally incorporated in 1849, and it was named for the rapids in the Cedar River. Important factors that contributed to the city’s growth are the railroad and the meatpacking industry. The closeness to the river results in floods often, and a flood protection plan is in progress. This is the largest corn-processing city in the world.
Cedar Rapids Attractions
Cedar Rapids is an amazing opportunity for young artists, as it is a flourishing center for arts and culture. It is the home of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, where there is an extensive collection of the works of Grant Woods - a native Iowan painter, Andy Warhol and more. Another commonly associated thing with Cedar Rapids are its 74 formally named parks or recreational facilities, such as golf courses, baseball and softball courses, BMW dirt tracks, picnic areas and more.
Cedar Rapids Activities
- Cedar Rapids Museum of Art - CRMA has been found in the downtown district since 1895. It has 60,000 square feet for you to explore and is the home of the world's largest collection of work from the Iowa-native Grant Wood. Next to the museum is the Grant Wood Studio where you can see where his American Gothic was created in 1930. Although you can’t see the masterpiece, it's still nice to see where it was made.
- Paramount Theatre - a venue used to host opera, symphony, touring shows and more. This is a historic theatre with 1,700 seats in downtown Cedar Rapids. Built in 1928, as a movie place and then renovated a couple of times, especially after the 2008 flood.
- Brucemore - take a tour in the mansion and surrounding gardens, get yourself acquainted with its architecture and the estate’s past and the stories of three Cedar Rapids families. It is in the heart of Cedar Rapids and was built between 1884 and 1886 by Caroline Sinclair.
Cedar Rapids Entertainment
If you love the outdoors, there is a 15-mile drive from downtown Cedar Rapids. Whether it’s hiking, fishing or rock climbing, this park is the perfect opportunity. You can camp or rent a cabin and have a splendid adventure with your family and friends. A new district called The Czech Village offers a variety of retailers, shops and diners, as well as museums such as the National Czech and Slovak Museum and library.
Cedar Rapids Lodgings
Book your hotel at a fair price in Cedar Rapids now. They offer indoor pools, hot tubs, gyms and so much more. Check out the Cedar Rapids Merriott for a luxury stay or Homewood Suites by Hilton where you can feel like home.
Cedar Rapids Dining
Tired from all the sightseeing? Treat yourself to a mouthwatering food. Black Sheep Social Club and Parlor city Pub and Eatery offer outdoor seating and have vegan and gluten-free options. You can taste fabulous local cuisine at the Class Act Restaurant and finish your night with some cocktails or fine wines from their lobby bar Maikka.
Cedar Rapids Shopping
Visit Lindale Mall for your favorite stores and Westdale Mall, an enclosed shopping mall for some more shopping and dining.
Cedar Rapids is a place you should put on your 2021 travel list. It can be educational as well as adventurous for you and your family. From museums and parks, to restaurants and shows at the Paramount Theatre, it offers a pleasant experience you will remember.