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  • Writer's pictureBobby Wise

50 Reasons to Love the Corridor.


Nestled in the heart of Iowa, the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor is a hidden gem that boasts a rich tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty. From the vibrant city life of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City to the quaint charm of Marion and Hiawatha, there’s something for everyone. Here are 50 reasons why the corridor area is truly special.


  1. Brucemore Mansion: Marvel at the grandeur of the historic Brucemore Mansion, a testament to the region’s rich history.

  2. Czech Village: Immerse yourself in the unique charm of Czech Village, known for its historic architecture and cultural heritage.

  3. Grant Wood Art Collection: Celebrate the legacy of renowned artist Grant Wood at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

  4. Kirkwood Community College: Access quality education at Kirkwood Community College, contributing to the region’s growth.

  5. NewBo City Market: Savor diverse culinary delights and shop local at the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids.

  6. Iowa River Landing: Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Coralville’s Iowa River Landing, offering shopping, dining, and entertainment.

  7. Devonian Fossil Gorge: Explore the ancient past at the Devonian Fossil Gorge, a geological wonder near Coralville Lake.

  8. Uptown Marion: Stroll through Uptown Marion, a charming district with unique shops, eateries, and community events.

  9. Hancher Auditorium: Enjoy world-class performances at the Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City.

  10. Palisades-Kepler State Park: Embrace nature at Palisades-Kepler State Park, offering hiking trails and scenic river views.

  11. Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery: Indulge in locally crafted wines and spirits at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery.

  12. Oak Hill Jackson Historic District: Witness the architectural beauty of the Oak Hill Jackson Historic District in Cedar Rapids.

  13. Coralville Lake: Relax by the shores of Coralville Lake, a popular spot for boating and outdoor recreation.

  14. Indian Creek Nature Center: Connect with nature at the Indian Creek Nature Center, featuring trails and educational programs.

  15. Iowa Children’s Museum: Spark creativity and curiosity in young minds at the Iowa Children’s Museum.

  16. Hiawatha Farmers’ Market: Support local farmers and artisans at the Hiawatha Farmers’ Market.

  17. Amana Colonies: Take a short drive to the Amana Colonies for a taste of German heritage and craftsmanship.

  18. University of Iowa: Enjoy the cultural richness and academic excellence of the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

  19. McGrath Amphitheatre: Attend live concerts and events at the McGrath Amphitheatre on the banks of the Cedar River.

  20. Coe College: Experience the vibrant campus life of Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

  21. Iowa Old Capitol Building: Step back in time at the Iowa Old Capitol Building, a historic landmark in Iowa City.

  22. Mount Trashmore Park: Transformative park space built on a former landfill, offering recreational opportunities.

  23. Marion Heritage Center: Discover Marion’s history and culture at the Marion Heritage Center.

  24. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders: Cheer on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, the local ice hockey team.

  25. Riverside Theatre: Enjoy thought-provoking performances at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City.

  26. Veterans Memorial Stadium: Catch a baseball game at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home to the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

  27. Kinnick Stadium: Join the passionate fanbase at Kinnick Stadium, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team.

  28. Sokol Park: Embrace the outdoors at Sokol Park in Cedar Rapids, featuring sports facilities and green spaces.

  29. Raygun: Shop for quirky and unique merchandise at Raygun, a popular store in Iowa City.

  30. Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre: Experience the magic of opera performances presented by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

  31. Coralville Center for the Performing Arts: Delight in cultural performances at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

  32. Iowa Brewing Company: Unwind with locally brewed beers at the Iowa Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids.

  33. Peninsula Disc Golf: Challenge your friends to a round of disc golf at Peninsula Disc Golf Course in Iowa City.

  34. Czech and Slovak Museum & Library: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Czech and Slovak communities.

  35. Noelridge Park: Enjoy picnics, trails, and beautiful gardens at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids.

  36. Prairie Park Fishery: Cast a line and enjoy fishing at Prairie Park Fishery in Cedar Rapids.

  37. Shakespeare Festival: Attend the Iowa City Shakespeare Festival for a dose of classic theater.

  38. X-Golf Cedar Rapids: Book a solo tee time, lesson, or just kick back and enjoy with friends and family of all ages. X-Golf has it all!

  39. Big Grove Brewery: This new space includes a brewery, modern patio, private event space, and vibrant, classic taproom.

  40. Rockwell Collins: Appreciate the technological advancements at Rockwell Collins, a major aerospace company.

  41. Iowa Ceramics Center & Glass Studio: Unleash your artistic side with classes and workshops at the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio.

  42. Maquoketa Caves State Park: Maquoketa Caves State Park contains more caves than any other park in Iowa. The recently updated trail system links caves, limestone formations and scenic overlooks.

  43. Jones Park Golf Course: Tee off at the scenic Jones Park Golf Course in Cedar Rapids.

  44. AirFx: With areas for jumping, climbing, & memory-making, this is a great place to unleash family fun.

  45. Ushers Ferry Historic Village: Step back in time at Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids.

  46. Hickory Hill Park: Hike through the wooded trails of Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City.

  47. Iowa Avenue Literary Walk: Stroll along the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk in Iowa City, celebrating literary achievements.

  48. Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area: Explore environmental education at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area in Toddville.

  49. Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance: Engage in the vibrant arts and cultural scene fostered by the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance.

  50. Pinseekers Tiffin: Offering luxury golf suites, synthetic turf mini-golf, duckpin mini-bowling, multi-sport simulators, rooftop lounge, and a diverse restaurant for casual dining.


Whether you’re a resident or visitor, the corridor area stands as a testament to the beauty of community, culture, and nature. From historic landmarks to thriving arts scenes, this region captures the essence of what makes Iowa a truly special place to call home. 




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