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A flourishing hub of arts and culture, Cedar Rapids is a dynamic city in the state of Iowa, situated across both banks of the Cedar river. From art museums, theatres and wineries to golf courses and nature trails, Cedar Rapids is the perfect destination for a fulfilling city break, with something to please everyone.
With a hire car you will be able to make the most of your break by venturing beyond the city limits to other Iowa destinations such as Davenport (an hour and 20 minutes’ drive), where the Figge Art Museum, designed by prize-winning Modernist British architect David Chipperfield, boasts a broad collection of 4,000 works from the 16th century to the present day.
Fly into Eastern Iowa Airport and from there it’s a 15-minute drive via the I-380 into the centre of Cedar Rapids.
With a hire car at your disposal, you can explore other cities across the state such as Waterloo (an hour’s drive), home to the impressive Lost Island Water Park, where you can hurtle down slides, ride a wave coaster and even zip line across the water.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Cedar Rapids to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and Hertz to National.
Cedar Rapids boasts some particularly beautiful natural landscapes, such as the Boyston Trail and the Cedar Greenbelt National Recreation Trail, while the Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery affords you spectacular views across the local landscape, while enjoying a glass of locally produced wine. Bloomsbury Farm is also a popular destination for families, where you can navigate the corn maze or hurtle down the 356 metre-long zip line. For a sophisticated end to your day, head over to the Cedar Rapids Opera House, which presents two to three operas each season.
Beyond Cedar Rapids, your hire car can take you to other exciting destinations such as Iowa City (a 34-minute drive), where the Coralville Lake makes the perfect destination for camping and fishing on a sunny day. Meanwhile, the state capital Des Moines is a two-hour drive via the I-80, where there is plenty to do, from wandering through the city’s outstanding botanical garden to touring Terrace Hill – a striking historic mansion that has served as the home of Iowa’s governors since 1971. It’s worth climbing to the top of the building’s 27-metre tower for spectacular views across the city below.
Driving in Cedar Rapids, like much of America, is largely straightforward, with wide lanes and simple road layouts. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and you can overtake on both sides. You can also perform a U-turn at the end of most junctions – it will be marked if you are not allowed to do so. Most American cars are automatic, so remember to request a stick shift if you would prefer one.
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