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Iowa City Travel Guide

Iowa City is an urban city in the midwest of the United States. With its home state, Iowa, sandwiched between the magnificent Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, the city is known for its endless corn fields, valleys, and grassy open plains, but also its daring culinary options and welcoming atmosphere.

Things to Do in Iowa City

The Terry Trueblood Recreation Area is one of the first places that visitors flock to, as word of its scenic natural beauty spreads like wildfire. Here, guests can take a walk or bike ride around the lake, or rent a paddle board, kayak, or canoe to take out onto the water. City Park is another popular relaxation destination for tourists, boasting an outdoor pool, an amphitheater for outdoor events and music, a sports field, and various rides for children.

Visitors can also spend the day admiring the various landmarks and historical sites in the city, which include the Museum of Natural History, the Old Capital Museum, and the one of a kind World’s Largest Wooden Nickel. A few other fun tourist activities include golf at Finkbine Golf Course, sampling Icelandic wines at Westfjords Winery, and enjoying live music and comedy, drinks, and pub-style treats at Yacht Club after dark.

Best Time to Visit Iowa City

The best time to visit Iowa City is during the fall. During this season, the temperatures during the day soar into the 70s, but nights are cool and perfect form moonlight walks.

Food in Iowa City

The restaurants that can be found in Iowa City pride themselves on providing high-quality dishes. The Bluebird Diner is open all night, serving updated versions of classic dishes. The Leaf Kitchen serves a variety of breakfast and lunch items and in-house baked cookies that are sweet and chewy. In contrast, Estela’s Fresh Mex creates authentic Mexican dishes with a touch of spice.

Best Events in Iowa City

Iowa City (and its surrounding areas) seem to be preparing for an event every day of the year, offering everything from the classic Fourth of July celebration to local festivals. Some of the more unique events hosted include the Maple Syrup Festival, Steam Fest, and the Mission Creek Festival.

Things to Do for Families in Iowa City

Those visiting Iowa City with children can head over to Wilson Orchard where they can, seasonally, pick their own apples and fresh fruit, and browse the on-site gift shop selling cute knick knacks and souvenirs.

Fun for both children and adults, the endless art opportunities at Renee’s Ceramic Cafe are a great way to kill spare time, as guests can paint pottery or canvas, and work with wood, glass, or clay- no appointment necessary.

Price and Availability in Iowa City

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The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Iowa City tends to be Friday, while the most expensive day tends to be Tuesday. Vacation homes in Iowa City tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Mondays.
The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Iowa City is in December, while the cheapest month is in March. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Iowa City is in the high season in June. Iowa City has its low season in February, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The Weather in Iowa City

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Iowa City. The hottest month in Iowa City is June, when temperatures peak at 98 ˚F. The coolest month is December, when temperatures drop to -28 ˚F. The wettest month in Iowa City is August with 9.59 inches of rain, while the driest month is June with 1.04 inches of rain.

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Vacation Rentals in Iowa City

Choose the perfect rental for your trip at AllTheRooms.com. We compare Airbnb, Priceline, Agoda and many more. AllTheRooms has 391 vacation rentals, hotels and other great places to stay during your time in Iowa City, with everything from budget hostels and homestays to extravagant Airbnbs and hotels. For those trying to save money, the cheapest place to stay in Iowa City comes in at $10 a night. The average price of a vacation rental is generally $143 per night.

If you want internet access during your stay in Iowa City, then you can choose from over 248 places to stay that provide WiFi internet. 65 places to stay include a morning meal. Fitness fanatics can get a workout in during their stay by choosing from 31 accommodations that have gyms. If you are driving to Iowa City, you'll want to pick from 222 places to stay that provide parking. We track 18 accommodations that have a pool or jacuzzi.

Those traveling with a cat, dog or some other animal can stay in any of 50 accommodations that are designated as pet-friendly.

We combine a wide variety of Iowa City accommodations including vacation rentals, home stays, hostels and other unique places to stay into one easy search. We show results from more than 3 providers, including 250 places to stay from Airbnb, 10 accommodations from Priceline and 3 places to stay from Agoda.

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