With shorter commutes than other large cities, Cedar Rapids proudly boasts of the enjoyable lifestyle its population is afforded with its famous motto, "The City of Five Seasons.” The fifth season is, of course, the time to appreciate the other four. Like Paris's Ile de la Cite, Cedar Rapids is one of the few places in the world where the government’s offices are built mid-stream on a municipal island. Stretching suburbs set amid the great American prairie provide the local community long-standing links with the natural environment. The Indian Creek Nature Center preserves and protects natural wildlife and plant habitats, giving visitors a chance to learn more about the surrounding environments that inspired the famous painting “American Gothic” by artist Grant Wood. One-time home to Orville and Wilbur Wright, the fathers of modern flight, it is said that Cedar Rapids is a place where the imagination soars.
Ranked as the top city to live in Iowa and earning a spot in the Top 30 across the United States, according to Livability.com, "The City of Five Seasons" hosts not only an array of farmers markets selling local produce but is surrounded by three vineyards and wineries.
With large seasonal differences, the summers in Cedar Rapids are often warm to hot while the winter is occasionally severely cold.
Arts and Culture
Home to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa Hall Gallery and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, the city has seen several world-class and award-nominated exhibitions.
Unpakt’s Most Recommended
Bever Park (2700 Bever Ave SE)
Old MacDonald's expansive Bever Park boasts facilities for tennis and softball, plus an ice rink and swimming pool.
The Lost Cuban (209 3rd St SE)
Cuban fare and drinks offered in classy, compact quarters with an open kitchen and modern accents.
Brewhemia (1202 3rd St SE)
A family-owned café located in the historic ZCBJ Hall in the New Bohemia District serves coffee, breakfast, and lunch during the day and caters for the evening with a full bar, featuring a variety of local craft beers, wine, and spirits.
Vineria Wine Shop (264 Blairs Ferry Rd NE)
With an extremely knowledgeable owner, Vineria serves a vast array of local wines. Also provides tasting classes.
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